Fewer than 280 have received the Medal with Crossed Palms since its inception in 1910.
At Monday’s Roswell city council meeting, Oliver Yowell, an Eagle Scout with bronze and gold palm distinction, was honored by the city of Roswell and the Boy Scouts of America with that medal.
Rarely awarded, this distinction is bestowed when an individual has demonstrated unusual heroism and extraordinary skill or resourcefulness in saving or attempting to save life at extreme risk to self.
Earlier this year Yowell, along with several experienced Georgia Tech students from the University’s Outdoor Recreation Club, encountered a life-threatening situation while they were whitewater kayaking.
It was the specific training and experiences gleaned through Yowell’s association with Scouting which endowed him with the ability to save the life of another.
Yowell’s comprehensive training in both kayaking and lifesaving also helped give the Scout the ability to recognize the danger, act skillfully and bravely rescue a fellow kayaker in what could have ended in a very different scenario.