A Lawrence County Girl Scout was given a special patch and proclamation on Sunday for her actions during a car accident on Interstate 80 in Mercer County in March.
Sara Book, 10, of Edinburg, was given the honor by Girl Scout Troop 10364, which she has been a member of for the past five years.
On the morning of March 16, Sara and her mother, Teri Book, were on their way to deliver Girl Scout cookies when they saw an SUV lose control on the wet pavement and flip over right in front of them. They immediately pulled over and Teri’s boyfriend tried to get the door open, but was unable to do so.
Three more men stopped to help and managed to get the door open. Inside, a 2-year-old boy was hanging upside down in his car seat and a 6-year-old girl was crying.
Everyone, including the driver, appeared to be OK, so they got the children out and put them in Teri’s car until they could free the driver, Aziza Eastwood.
The children were crying for their mother, but Sara jumped into action and distracted them by showing them a game on her Nintendo DS.
“I was scared when I saw the crash. I didn’t know how many people were in the car. I got them a blanket and I shared my game with them because it made them laugh,” Sara said.
Eastwood sent a letter to Sara’s troop leader, Whitni Micco, to tell her how much she appreciated what she did.
“I sat in Teri’s car while I called my family and spoke to the EMT’s. We were in there for awhile but even though I started to break down crying, my kids were laughing and playing with Sara. She kept pulling their attention away from me with her calming voice and her fun game,” Eastwood wrote.
“I understand that you are her troop leader and I just wanted to share the amazing story of her bravery and calm in the face of a scary situation. I am told that Sara actually watched the accident happen so it’s even more impressive that she was able to move beyond the scary scene she saw and help my children,” Eastwood continued.
On Sunday, Sara received a special patch from her troop that says “Give Back,” as well as a letter of commendation from the Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania.
“By helping to keep the children calm after they were involved in the car accident, you showed quick thinking and a degree of maturity well beyond your years. Congratulations on your ability to remain calm while thinking of others. What an extraordinary achievement. We are all so proud of you and thank you for serving as such a fine example to Girl Scouts in Western Pennsylvania and beyond!,” the commendation letter stated.