A Council Bluffs boy was honored recently with a national Boy Scout Heroism Award.
Corbin Naylor, 12, was recognized for performing CPR on his father on April 14, 2012, after he was found unconscious on the floor, according to his mother, Kellie Naylor.
“That morning, I got up and went downstairs, and my husband (Dean) was lying on the living room floor face down,” she said. “I stood screaming. (Corbin) told me what to do. He told me to close the airway and called 911. We started CPR, and we continued CPR until the paramedics came.”
They traded off doing the procedure. Besides knowing how to do CPR, Corbin stayed calm, his mother said.
“I was freaking out,” she said. “I was a basket case. He was very calm through the whole thing. He said, ‘Mom, I need you to calm down and do what I tell you to do.’”
Corbin, a seventh-grader at Lewis Central Middle School, had learned what to do from his activities with Boy Scout Troop 23, Kellie Naylor said.
Despite their efforts, Dean Naylor, 74, passed away that day. But Corbin did everything he could to save his dad, Kellie Naylor said.
“He did everything right,” she said. “We were just a few hours too late. I guess he died about 5 a.m.”
The loss was a tough one for both of them, she said.
“He and Corbin were the best of buds,” Kellie Naylor said. “We were completely lost. It was like time stopped for a little while. We couldn’t believe what had just happened. We held each other and cried.”
Corbin received the award from Scott Brown of the Order of the Arrow on March 24 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Council Bluffs. During the awards ceremony, he gave a speech about organ and tissue donation, his mother said.
“(His) dad was able to donate skin and bones, so he was able to help 80 to 100 burn victims – and we were so proud of that.”
Corbin is a senior patrol leader and holds a Star rank, Kellie Naylor said.
“He’ll be an Eagle (Scout) probably in a year or so,” she said.