Boy who saved drowning friend becomes Eagle Scout

Posted October 24, 2010 11:33 a.m. EDT

— A brand-new Eagle Scout credits his training in the Boy Scouts for helping him save the life of a drowning friend four years ago.

Alex Lambert, 16, of Garner, was raised to the rank of Eagle Scout Saturday and recognized by Wake County commissioners for his bravery.

On Memorial Day 2006, then-12-year-old Alex and two friends were swimming in a lake in the North Carolina mountains. When one of his friends started to drown, Alex managed to pull him to shore and called for his mother to bring a life ring he had spotted on the dock a day earlier.

Alex said on Saturday that he learned his water-rescue skills in the Boy Scouts.

"They teach you different methods, such as reach and throw and, if you need to go into the water, how to hold onto the person," Alex said. "I was able to acquire that merit badge through my Scouting career."

The rank of Eagle Scout is the highest honor bestowed by the Boy Scouts.

Dignitaries attending Alex's Court of Honor ceremony Saturday included U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge and Garner Mayor Ronnie Williams.