11-year-old receives award for risking his own life to save his friend

Bennett Lee's fellow Boy Scouts congratulate him on Dec. 17, 2012, after he received a heroism reward for jumping in a frozen pond to save his friends life.

Bennett Lee's fellow Boy Scouts congratulate him on Dec. 17, 2012, after he received a heroism reward for jumping in a frozen pond to save his friends life.

AURORA, Colo. — In the midst of dozens of tragic stories about children being put in harms way, there is a heartwarming story about an 11-year-old Aurora boy who put himself in danger to save the life of another.

For his bravery, the Boy Scouts of America awarded Bennett Lee with a heroism award Monday night.

Last month, Bennett’s friend Logan slipped and fell into an icy pond. Without hesitation, Bennett jumped in, swimming shoulder-deep through frigid water to bring Logan to safety.

The modest youngster downplayed his effort.

“He was pretty much on the bank, but he couldn’t lift himself up,” Bennett said. “I lifted him up and got both of us out. That’s pretty much it.”

The Boy Scouts, however, said Bennett displayed an amount of bravery and pragmatism uncanny for his age.

“These awards are given to those who demonstrate heroism, skill and resourcefulness in putting the safety of others above their own,” Bennett’s troop leader said. “We’re proud to say our very own Bennett Lee has done that and more.”