The New York State Senate honored an 11-year old scout from New Hyde Park this past Thursday.
“There are great things in store for this young man and his family,” Sen. Jack Martins said about Sean Nidermaier, a fifth grade student at the Notre Dame School, who was accompanied in Albany by his parents Scott and Katie as well as his sisters Emma, Cailin and Braidy Grace, his scout leader Elizabeth Castelli and Sean’s good friend Michael Castelli.
Nidermaier is a dedicated member of the Boy Scouts and, after having learning valuable skills during his time as a Cub Scout, he put those skills to work in the best possibly way. While the family was on a trip to watch older sister Emma play in a softball tournament this past summer, he saw his 4-year-old sister Braidy Grace jump into the hotel pool. With the skills he learned in the aquanauts course in scouting, Sean jumped in after his sister, rescuing her from the pool.
Sean’s efforts in saving his sister were recognized by Boy Scout of America, which awarded him with the National Medal of Heroism, marking the first time since the award began in 1923 that a scout from Nassau County received it.
Nidermaier intends to obtain the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank obtainable in scouting.
“It’s important that we take the opportunity to recognize those individuals who make our communities better like Sean. They are people we meet every day from all ages and all walks of life,” Sen. Martins said. “Sean comes from a wonderful family and I know we’ll be hearing more about him in the days ahead.”