Scout’s quick reaction earns him Medal of Merit

By: 
Chuck Kajer, The New Prague Times

Kent York, left, director of marketing and communications for the Northern Star Council of Boy Scouts, presented the Medal of Merit award to JD Moulton of Boy Scout Troop 323. He is pictured with his mother Nancy, father Greg and sister Kate. JD used the Heimlich Maneuver last spring to save his father, who had some food lodged in his throat. (Chuck Kajer Photo)

A Mother’s Day meal last spring could have ended in tragedy for the Moulton family in New Prague, if not for the calm, quick thinking by son JD Moulton.

Greg Moulton had grilled some hamburgers for the family celebration and sliced some onions.

As he bit into his burger, he coughed and a piece of onion lodged in his throat and he was unable to breath.

“I waved at my wife and tried to say ‘Call 911,’” Greg recalled. “I couldn’t speak but she grabbed the phone and began dialing. She was going to give the phone to JD while she tried to help me, but as she dialed, JD jumped up, grabbed me and performed the Heimlich Maneuver without being asked or instructed. He quickly and efficiently performed a couple of strong squeezes, which dislodged the piece of food.”

That is how Greg recalled the incident in an email to the Boy Scouts of America. JD, then 10 years old and in the fifth grade, had recently gone through his bridging ceremony to advance from Webelos in Cub Scouts to the Boy Scouts. He had learned how to do the Heimlich Maneuver during his....

To see more on this story pick up the April 18, 2019 print edition of The New Prague Times. 

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