(Senate - November 04, 1999)

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From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office []


 Mr. ABRAHAM. Mr. President, I rise today to show appreciation 
and honor to Daniel Jacob Miller as he receives the Heroism Award 
presented by the Boy Scouts of America. Daniel is a true hero, good 
Samaritan and model citizen. On December 31, 1998, there was a tragic 
and massive automobile pile-up in Northern Michigan. The lone police 
officer on the scene needed help and that is when Dan stepped up. The 
officer asked if anyone had medical training and Dan, who had learned 
first aid training through the Boy Scouts, immediately offered his 
assistance. Dan's unselfish acts, putting his own life at risk helped 
save the lives of a mother and her children and enabled the police 
officer to tend to the many other seriously injured motorists.
  What is most exceptional about Dan is that he genuinely cares about 
all people and their well being. After the devastating tornados which 
struck Oklahoma last May, Dan instigated and helped organize a trip to 
aid in the disaster clean-up. Dan's leadership was also apparent when 
he taught fellow Boy Scouts how to operate a Ham Radio and assisted 
them in getting certified in Ham Radio operations in case of a 
  Dan is described as a quiet and reserved person who enjoys doing his 
good deeds in secret and throughout his life he has continually put 
others' needs before his own. Daniel Miller is an exemplary person, Boy 
Scout and citizen. Time and time again his devotion and good will have 
blessed the lives of numerous people. It is my hope that many more 
people follow the path that Dan has set himself on and continue to make 
the state of Michigan and our nation a better place.
  I would also like to take this opportunity to commend the Boy Scouts 
of America for their dedication to teaching young people the skills 
they need to assist in life-saving situations. The Boy Scout leaders 
who so unselfishly give of their time to help young men could never 
understand the far reaches of their work. Daniel Miller gives us one 
incredible example of the importance of the training young men get 
through the Boy Scouts of America.