BRAZIL, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — A Clay County Girl Scout is being called a hero after the 15 year old received the Bronze Cross, one of the highest honors in the organization.
On July 25, Troop Leader Carolyn Robison was dropping off projects at her Girl Scout’s homes. As she got out of her car, things took a turn for the worse.
“I forgot I had just put the break on and not put it in gear. I just put my foot out to try and stop it and the car took off and knocked me down,” Robison said.
As the Troop Leader tried to assess the situation, Robison explained the incident continued to worsen.
“I started to get up and (the van) ran over my foot. As it passed, Harley was kind of shocked,” Robison said.
Inside the van was Robison’s eight-year-old grandson, Isiah. Witnessing everything unfold in front of her was Girl Scout, Harley Soots.
With her Troop Leader on the ground and the van slowly speeding away, Soots knew she had to help. What she did next is the reason many now call her a hero.
“I ran after it,” Harley Soots said. “I didn’t know whether to go after the van or (Robison), so I just went after the van.”
Soots proceeded to chase the van, stop it and save Isiah.
This courageous act won Soots the Bronze Cross for bravery. One of the highest honors in the entire Girl Scouts organization; however, Soots said she doesn’t consider herself a hero.
“If I wasn’t out there or I didn’t do it, there’s a tree there, her van would’ve been crashed, Soots said.
Isiah said as scary as the situation was, he has a special message for Harley: “Thank you.”
Soot’s mother was also a Girl Scout. Her Troop Leader? Carolyn Robison.