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New Hartford Boy Scout honored

Gage Kilborne honored with Heroism award for saving two lives in 2017

Posted: Jul 31, 2019 12:05 AM

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y.- It was a very special night Tuesday at New Hartford High School as one local Eagle Scout was honored for saving a life. Well, two in fact.

Gage Kilborne was riding in a car with his Mother in the spring of 2017 when she was driving him to Swim Camp.

They were on Route 12 in the Town of Kirkland when Tammy Kilborne suffered a seizure while behind the wheel.

Gage was able to get the car off the road into a ditch, and stayed with his mother until emergency responders arrived at the scene.

Tammy couldn’t be thankful for her son’s actions that day.

“I feel like I have been given a second, third chance and to make the most of everyday. And just, you make the most of it.” Tammy said. “You've been given a chance and you don't know what could happen and if it is your last day, you wake up and anything could happen between the morning and when you go to bed at night.”

Gage doesn’t consider himself a hero, but thinks that even if another Boy Scout was in the car, the result would have been a similar outcome.

“I feel like the skills that I was taught helped me in this situation and I know that if my other fellow scouts were in the same scenario, they would have done the same thing. And it would be them talking instead of me.” Gage said.

Presenting the award were Assemblywomen Marianne Buttenschon and Assemblyman Brian Miller.

Also in attendance were members of the Ambulance crew that responded to the scene.

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