This particular national award is reserved for Girl Scouts who risk their lives to save another's or demonstrate "extraordinary heroism."
Amerie Jo Garza was one of the first fourth-graders to be shot to death at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday. Later that week, on Friday, the 10-year-old was posthumously awarded the Bronze Cross by the United States of America Girl Scouts.
This particular national award is reserved for Girl Scouts who risk their lives to save another's or demonstrate "extraordinary heroism." On the day of the deadly shooting, Amerie tried to call 911 on her cell phone before she was killed, revealing her grandmother, Berlinda Arreola.
Now her granddaughter is being awarded the Bronze Cross which means "her heroism has not gone unnoticed," shared Berlinda according to PEOPLE. Representatives from the Girl Scouts presented Amerie's family with a new, green Girl Scouts sash for Troop 7000 which had a bronze medallion pinned to it.
Girl Scouts Awards Uvalde Victim Rare 'Bronze Cross' for Her Bravery: 'Her Heroism Hasn't Gone Unnoticed' https://t.co/g62iHIEgR4— People (@people) May 30, 2022
They also received a framed declaration which was signed by the CEO of Girl Scouts on Friday afternoon. "We were so proud of her," said Berlinda of her granddaughter who was in the first year of Girl Scouts, a Junior. "It was so emotional, them reading this declaration to us for her, it was just — it's amazing. The words that they put into this thing was all Amerie, it was her and we are just so ecstatic about this," she added.
"She deserved it. Our baby gave up her life for this, but she deserved it," continued the heartbroken grandmother who can never hold her precious granddaughter ever again. "I just want people to know how brave she was, and unfortunately, it took her life, but she tried to save everyone," she said of Amerie, who loved swimming, eating pizzas, and Chick-fil-A.
"That was just the way she was. She tried to save everyone," noted Berlinda. Every morning, the sweet girl would kiss her 3-year-old baby brother before leaving for school. She was an excellent student who was presented the school's "Heart of Gold" award last year and this year, she made honor roll."
A GoFundMe page was created to help her family during this distressing time. "Amerie was born May 10th and had just turned 10 years old. Amerie was such a beautiful soul. She touched everyone’s hearts around her and she lit up every room she walked into. She received an award yesterday for honor roll just before the shooting occurred. She was so smart and such a good child," read the page.
"Amerie is known for being a hero and trying to call 911 before the shooter took her life. We appreciate anything you are willing to donate! Please keep Ameries mom her dads and family in your prayers and in God's name we pray amen," it continued.
Please click here if you wish to support the family.
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