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Bloomer teen awarded prestigious girl scout award after saving child's life

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BLOOMER (WQOW) - Bloomer teenager Alena Otto is the newest recipient of a very special girl scout award after she helped save a child's life this past winter.

"This is a very prestigious award that is given to a girl that is within our council that demonstrated extreme heroism and really being what a girl scout is all about: thinking quickly, decision making, and obviously the character and courage and confidence to save someone else’s life with little regard for her own life at that moment," said Patti Shafto-Carlson, CEO of Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes. "This is an award that’s not given lightly amongst girl scouts so this is quite an honor to recognize Alena and what she did on that very cold day back in January of 2021."

"Me, Garrett, and Gavin were all playing on the ice and we were playing tag," Otto said. "We were running out and there was a lot of stuff already on the ice. There were ice shandies all that stuff, trucks even. And we were running and I was probably 10-15 feet away from Gavin and Gavin fell through the ice. I heard him yell and so I turned around he was waist deep in the water and he was holding onto the ice. So while Garret was yelling for his dad to come and help I crawled across the ice and I pulled Gavin out. Once I pulled Gavin out I started pulling off his wet jacket and mittens and stuff and his dad came down and picked him up and carried him down to the car so we could start warming him up."

"It’s time to present Alena was the prestigious bronze cross and I would like to invite her parents to come up to do the pinning of this prestigious award," Shafto-Carlson said.

"It’s kind of crazy to think about it actually happened, and it’s still crazy to think about that and now that other people are recognizing it, and that I actually got an award is crazy to think about," Otto said. 

"She’s gonna make a difference in our world, she already has," Shafto-Carlson said. 

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