River Valleys Girl Scout Awarded Medal of Honor


Minnesota Girl Scout Keira Hemmann was only a first-grader when she was swimming with friends and family at a pool. While playing, she saw two-year-old Brody fall off some nearby stairs and into the deep end of the pool. She immediately went to him, pulled him from the water, and calmed him until adults arrived.

For her quick thinking and bravery, the Girl Scouts of the USA have awarded Keira with the Medal of Honor for acts of heroism.

Keira, who is from Norwood Young America, was presented with her medal by Linda Keene, CEO of Girl Scouts River Valleys on June 14 at the 2015 Higher Award ceremony in Owatonna, MN.

“We are all inspired by Keira” Keene said. “She embodies the kind of courage and character that we aim to instill in all Girl Scouts.”

In 2014, only 29 Girl Scouts were recognized for this award across all councils. Keira was thrilled to be able to help, “I felt proud and happy of myself to save Brody on this day.” 

Keira is the daughter of Brandon and Karla Hemmann and a member of troop #16580.


  1. CAROLYN Ziegler says

    congratulations Kiera. What a quick act of heroism.Very proud of you. CAROLYN Ziegler,lifetime member of Girl Scouts USA from Illinois

  2. Kathi Jegierski says

    Congratulations on this well deserved award from your fellow scouts in New York!

  3. jennifer says

    Wow! How fearless of you to jump in and save Brody’s life. I hope you have your mind set on achieving the Gold Award in Girl Scouts! It’s girls like you who are born to be leaders!! You can do it, I know you can, I did. Jennifer