Local Girl Scout honored by Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation
March 14, 2017
Steamboat Springs — A Steamboat Springs High School student who helped save lives after a Steamboat Springs Transit bus crash last year continues to be recognized for her efforts.
Katelyn Ibarra, now 17, will be named a 2017 Citizen Honor Award winner by the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation on Saturday.
Ibarra, along with five other heroes from across the country, will be recognized at a ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington, Virginia, on National Medal of Honor Day, March 25.
Ibarra was riding in a car with her parents and younger brother March 29, 2016, when the family came upon a collision involving a Steamboat Springs Transit bus headed for Craig and a Ford Explorer bound for Steamboat in a sharp curve near Routt County Road 44.
Ibarra called 911, then rushed to the crashed bus to help people trapped inside, some of whom were injured.
Ibarra entered the bus through its broken windshield and began assessing people's injuries, using gauze and some small bandages from an emergency kit in the back of her family's car.
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Her willingness to help that day led to Ibarra being recognized with a meritorious service award from the Girl Scouts of Colorado in April, a Medal of Honor from the Girl Scouts of USA, awarded in September and her upcoming award.
Ibarra, has been a Girl Scout since the second grade and was recently promoted to the rank of ambassador, a designation describing high school juniors and seniors who are part of the organization.