The Boy Scouts presented a medal to a Peoria man for saving a life using skills he learned as a scout volunteer. Chris Davia, an adult leader of Troop 262 chartered to St. Helen’s Catholic Church in Glendale, performed CPR on a man who collapsed May 15 at a farmer’s market. Bill Miller showed no signs of life when Davia stepped forward and rendered first aid he had learned just days prior at a Boy Scout meeting. Both firefighter personnel at the scene and emergency room staff credited Davia’s action as saving Miller’s life.

While working at the Town and Country Farmer’s Market in Phoenix, Davia heard that a man was slumped over in his car. Responding to the scene, he saw the victim was unconscious, not breathing and without a pulse. He immediately began chest compressions, drawing on training he had received through the scout program.

“I understand from others that I had a heart attack and died,” said the victim, Bill Miller. “Chris gave me CPR and saved my life.” 

Miller “flat-lined twice” in the emergency room at the Arizona Heart Hospital, according to Georgina Miller, ex-wife of the victim and co-worker of Davia’s.

For his quick actions credited with saving a life, Chris Davia was awarded the Medal of Merit from the National Court of Honor of the Boy Scouts of America. The presentation was Jan. 9 at the scout district roundtable meeting in the LDS church in Surprise.