Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont is pleased to announce that Tashia Mason of Greensboro, and a member of Girl Scout Troop 41121, was recently awarded the Medal of Honor for her lifesaving skills during a family emergency.
Mason, daughter of Darin and Tonya Mason, helped rescue her younger brother and father from their house after a tree fell on it during Hurricane Michael in October 2018.
The tree, which was 90 feet tall and over four feet wide, broke through the main beams of the home, leaving debris from the ceiling and attic all over the main living area. Mason was trapped inside the hallway when the tree came down, but was able to help her brother, six-year-old Darian, from under the wreckage and get him out of the house through the bedroom window, where a neighbor was waiting to help.
After getting her brother to safety, Mason found her father with a dislocated hip, covered in destroyed insulation and pinned in by the tree. She was not able to move him, so after calling 911, she helped keep him calm and breathing by applying a wet cloth to his mouth until the first responders arrived.
“Tashia showed her true character, caring for her brother until her older sister could get to the house and remaining calm and step up to the plate for her father,” said Mason’s mom Tonya, who was out of the country during the incident. “It took a brave, strong little girl to remain calm, get 911 to respond and keep us all informed about what was going on until we could get back home.”
The Medal of Honor is a Girl Scouts of the USA National Lifesaving Award and is given to a girl who has shown presence of mind and true Girl Scout spirit in saving a life or attempting to save a life without risk to a candidate’s own life.
Mason is a Girl Scout Senior in Girl Scout Troop 41121 and has earned her Summit badge, Girl Scout Bronze Award and is currently working on her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award earned by a Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador. She is a sophomore at Southeast Guilford High School, where she is an honors student, plays JV basketball, varsity lacrosse, member of the science club and serves as a Falcon Buddy. She also fills her time playing club lacrosse with NC Fusion and volunteers at the Greensboro Science Center.