Boy Scout Awarded Rare And Prestigious Honor Medal For Shielding Girlfriend From Gunfire

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The Boy Scouts of America say the defining characteristics of heroism are courage, daring, skill and self-sacrifice — the same characteristics that a Chicago Eagle Scout demonstrated when he risked his life to protect his girlfriend during a deadly shooting last year.

The Boy Scouts awarded 18-year-old Lawrence Sellers the prestigious Honor Medal Sunday for shielding his girlfriend, Danetria Hutson, during a January 2013 shooting in a South Side park. Sellers was shot in the leg during the attack, but Danetria was unharmed.

The shooting killed Sellers’ classmate, Hadiya Pendleton, and the incident quickly brought national attention to Chicago’s gun violence epidemic.

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