10-year-old Boy Scout saves man's life in Austin


by KRIS BETTS / KVUE News and photojournalist DATHAN HULL


Posted on April 10, 2013 at 10:29 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 10 at 10:41 PM

AUSTIN -- Officer after officer lined up Wednesday to shake 10-year old Hunter Aquilar’s hand at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

Aguilar was awarded by the Austin Police Department after hearing a whistle blow while visiting his grandmother.

“I heard three whistles and I said ‘dad, dad I heard three whistles’ and he went down to go check and my grandma called 3-1-1,” Hunter said.

“I told them what I heard then they said yes, that is an emergency and they transferred me to 9-1-1 and the paramedics were there,” Hunter’s grandmother, Angie Aguilar told KVUE.

The whistles came from a quadriplegic neighbor who needed help in his wheelchair.

“His wheelchair had gotten disconnected and he was immobile for about seven hours,” said Aguilar’s father.

Hunter and his family were watching TV late Tuesday night when it happened, and Angie Aguilar says she is so thankful Hunter was visiting because she never would have recognized the signal for help.

Charles Mead, and Austin Boy Scout leader tells KVUE not many people would have done what Hunter did Tuesday.

“There have been plenty of times where I've heard things in the middle of the night and didn't take action. Hunter remembered a lesson that was a part of his Cub Scout den meeting where they were talking about emergency signals,” Mead said.

Mead said Hunter’s actions show why the Boy Scouts organization is still important.

“There are a lot of people who always ask ‘Is scouting relevant anymore?’ and I think if you ask the person who got this help, only because Hunter remembered something he learned in scouting, that scouting's pretty relevant.”

Now, Hunter may be honored with a National Boy Scout Heroism Award, but his actions in Austin will not be forgotten.