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Edmond Boy Scouts, adult honored for 2015 act of heroism

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Five Edmond teenagers are receiving high honors for saving a fellow Boy Scout almost three years ago.

The Boy Scouts from Troop 78 were just 13 and 14 years old in the summer of 2015 when a fellow scout fell in a raging river while hiking in Colorado.

"The Boy Scout motto is 'Be prepared.' It was really enacted that day," Boy Scouts Will Stressman said.

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Cook was one of the first Boy Scouts who sprang into action to save a boy named Ben, who was trapped under a tree that had fallen into the river.

"All I can see is a yellow shirt going down the river," Boy Scouts Wyatt Smith said.

Boy Scout Augustus Cook held on to Ben while other Scouts lifted the tree.

"It was right on his chest. So I grabbed him Started by the arms and pulled him out," Cook said.

"As the tree was lifted, he was cleared and pulled out," Smith said.

Last month, five Boy Scouts and one of the parents involved in the rescue received the Honor Medal for their heroism. The award is one of the highest honors given by the National Boy Scouts.

"It helped us connect more, and the fact we had to work together in order to save someone," Stressman said.

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