Red Cross presents award to young Sheridan boy who helped save his brother

The Montana Red Cross recently presented a Lifesaving Award to a 7-year-old Sheridan, Mont., boy who pulled his 4-year-old brother from a rushing irrigation ditch.

Montana Red Cross Executive Director Diane Wright and board chairman Stephen Walter presented Parker Walter with the award during an assembly at Sheridan Elementary School on Sept. 26.

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In June, Parker and his younger brother Cooper were playing in their backyard while their mother and grandmother were in the garden nearby. The two boys left the yard, and Cooper tried to cross a small footbridge over an irrigation ditch near their home. He slipped but luckily was able to grab hold of the bridge.

Parker immediately screamed to alert his mother and grandmother and ran over to rescue Cooper, who was neck deep in the ditch. As the adults ran over to help, Parker was able to pull Cooper from the ditch.

Both boys were soaking wet but unharmed.

“He deserves this award,” Parker’s grandfather Tom Walter said. “He’s an amazing kid.”

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The American Red Cross Lifesaving Award program has roots as back as 1911, and to date, has awarded 356 people. This was first time in recent memory the award was given to a Montanan.

To nominate someone to receive this award click here. 

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