COUNCIL BLUFFS — A Council Bluffs youth who performed CPR on his dying father has received a National Boy Scout Heroism Award.
Corbin Naylor, 12, received the award March 24 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Council Bluffs. Corbin was recognized for doing CPR on his father on April 14, 2012, after the man was found unconscious, said Corbin's mother, Kellie Naylor.
“That morning I got up and went downstairs, and my husband (Dean) was lying on the living room floor facedown,” 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, she said.
In addition to 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.
He had already earned his First Aid merit badge, she said.
Despite their efforts, Dean Naylor, 74, died that day. 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 tough 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.”
During the award ceremony, Corbin 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,” she said.
Corbin is a senior patrol leader and holds a Star rank, Kellie Naylor said. He is two ranks away from becoming an Eagle Scout.
“He'll be an Eagle probably in a year or so,” she said.