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Plant City Eagle Scout gets accolades for helping save 3 from drowning


Published:   |   Updated: June 25, 2013 at 09:39 AM

PLANT CITY Jesse Jordan, who has been around water since he was a baby, has put his swimming skills to good use over the last few years.

As a 13-year-old, he saved a neighbor's toddler from drowning in a pool during a party. Last year, the Eagle Scout helped rescue two men who were swept into deep water in Tampa Bay.

Jordan, a rising senior at Durant High School, recently received the second of two Boy Scout honors for his actions. On Monday, the city commission also presented him with a proclamation.

Mayor Mary Mathis hailed the 16-year-old honor student as a hero for his "selfless actions."

His mother and father, Denise and Doug Jordan and his 14-year-old sister Haley were on hand as he was presented with his proclamation at the city commission meeting.

"We're very proud of him," Denise Jordan said.

His mom said she introduced him to swimming when he was 9 months old. He's now a lifeguard at a YMCA in Brandon.

He first put his lifesaving skills to use in 2009 when he rescued 18-month-old Gabriella White, who fell into a pool during a neighbor's Mother's Day cookout. He was presented with the Boy Scouts' Certificate of Merit.

In September, he was boating with his family and two friends when he helped rescue two boaters who were swept off a sandbar near MacDill Air Force Base, including one man who was struggling in the strong current. He received scouting's Honor Medal for "unusual heroism in saving or attempting to save life at considerable risk to self."

Jordan, a member of Plant City's Evangelical Presbyterian Church's Boy Scout Troop 14, became a Cub Scout when he was 5. He lives in Valrico and hopes to attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Jordan's mother said he was taking all the attention in stride.

"I asked him last night what he thought about it (the city commission ceremony) and he said, "it was pretty nice,''' Denise Jordan said. "He's pretty humble."

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