The South Georgia Council and the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America presented to Scout John Burns Holton of Albany the National Heroism Award. On June 14th, 2020 while canoeing on the Kinchafoonee River in Lee County he and other scouts were swimming and diving into the water. After one such dive, a fellow scout surfaced in distress and quickly sank. Burns swam to the spot but could not locate the sunken scout either above or below the water. After resurfacing, Burns saw bubbles and dove on that spot, located the scout who was having a seizure, and pulled him to the surface. By this time other scouts had arrived in canoes and kayaks and the disabled scout was stabilized and taken to shore to await help. For his demonstration of heroism and skill in the saving of the life of another person Burns received the National Heroism Award. Burns is a member of Troop 1 of Albany which is sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Albany. He is son of Angie and Robert Holton of Albany.
Burns Holton '25 Wins National Heroism Award