Gutierrez receives Girl Scouts’ Medal of Honor

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSofSI) is proud to announce that Adriyanna Gutierrez of Lenzburg has been awarded the Girl Scout Medal of Honor – a lifesaving award she received for demonstrating heroism in saving another’s life.

Oct. 14, 2022 was supposed to be a typical day. After school, Gutierrez came home to help care for her little brother while her mother was at work. She took him into a bedroom so he could sit on the bed and watch a television program. Noticing the adjacent room appeared foggy, Gutierrez went back into the bedroom to check on her brother. The bedroom had become foggy as well, and Gutierrez knew she needed to determine the cause. She first opened windows and doors to air out the space. As she explored the cause, she discovered smoke behind the bed and noticed a light. At that moment, Gutierrez realized she was battling a fire and sprung into action.

For more on Gutierrez, please see this week’s print edition.