Eleven year old Forrest Taylor was returning home from shopping in February and saw one of a number of brush fires that started that day. He told his brother to stop the car and dialed 911, and Forrest and his brother and father got out and battled the flames with T-shirts. Forrest also took photographs and video of firefighters attacking the brush fire.
For his valiant efforts, Forrest has been interviewed for a variety of newspapers and television shows, including receiving exposure from national networks, like CNN.
Forrest was also recently recognized by House of Delegates representative, Kathy Byron, who met up with Forrest at Altavista Elementary School to present him with the certificate on Wednesday, March 25.
He also recieved a certificate commending him for his heroism and bravery from Governor Tim Kaine.
Forrest was allowed to go into the pits and meet NASCAR driver Stacy Compton and his crew, as well as other drivers at the recent Martinsville race. Mr. Compton was very grateful for Forrest’s actions in saving his land from the brush fire. Compton believes that young Forrest lived up to the Boy Scout motto to be prepared, and to do a good deed every day.
The following was distributed by the Blue Ridge Council, BSA.