Award my son the National Medal of Heroism that he deserves.
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Award my son the National Medal of Heroism that he deserves.

    1. Karen Rozier
    2. Petition by

      Karen Rozier

      Buena Park, CA

Our Special Needs son was unfarily denied an award by the Orange County Council of Scouts. They didn't even consider him for the award, and we know it was because of discrimination.  The worst part is that they lied to us in writing and to our faces about his status, and when caught in the lie, they became defensive.

In January 2012, shortly after receiving First Aid training, our son provided emergency life saving treatment to a stranger, while in uniform conducting Scout duties. He was visiting churches spreading the message of "Scout Sunday". One of the requirements for the award has to do with the health of the patient. When the 71-year old victim was passed out on the floor, her daughter told David that the victim had just been released from the hospital where she had been treated for a blocked carotid artery.  The victim was transported by ambulance to the hospital, where remained  for three (3) days.

For his actions, he received letters of commendation from the Pastor and the Anaheim Fire Department. We were told that he was being nominated for a national medal.

His Scouting Background

Our son joined Cub Scouts at age 11. We sought an age waiver for him due to his multiple handicaps – brain damage, vision problems, lung problems, and cerebral palsy. Despite his limitations, David earned his Arrow of Light in two years. The Arrow of Light is the highest award a child can earn in Scouting. It is the only Cub Scout award that can be worn on the Scout uniform, and it can be worn on the adult uniform. It’s a big deal.

Because I was so happy with Scouting, I wrote the Orange County Council of Scouting a letter thanking them. They were so moved that they changed the entire 2011 fund-raising drive. The drive focused solely on how Scouting helped our disabled son reach his potential. The Council refused to use any pictures of our son because we are African American and African-American make up less than 1.8% of Council. This statement was told to me directly by the person in charge of fund raising shortly before she left to join another Council. She actually pulled out our 2010-2015 Strategic Plan and showed me where it was written that the Council was focusing solely on Hispanics and Asians, and then she invited me to "do the math".

Months went by and we didn't hear back about the honor. When I wrote the Council in June to express my concerns about his award, they “magically” discovered his “heroism” award. They originally claimed it was the "heroism" award and we made a huge deal of it.  At the very cheesy ceremony they handed him a District certificate (with his name misspelled!) and claimed that Nationals rejected his application.

I naturally called Nationals. They claimed they never received his application. After getting the run-around we determined that Orange County Council of Scouts didn't think his life saving efforts amounted to anything. Meanwhile, OC BSA has nominated several other non African-American Scouts for national awards. These other Scouts saved family members but had no outside witnesses.  

Nationals later changed its story after I lobbied my formal compliant. BSA President stated "I would take a bullet for Jeff", referring to OC BSA head Jeff Herman.

Right away I knew we wouldn't get help from Nationals. We don't want sue the BSA. Our son is 3rd-generation Scout. I am also a First Class Girl Scouts, and my older sisters, nieces, and my grandniece are/ were Scouts. My mother was my Scout leader. We have left the Orange County Council and our son is a Lone Scout. He is home schooled and we put him in Scouting so he could socialize with other boys, but due to their actions (this was not an isolated event, but rather, the proverbial straw), he is now a Lone Scout. He is a Lone Scout in a county with 30,000+ Scouts. Please tell OCBSA that ALL children should be judged by their actions and not used to show how well they are doing meeting their strategic plan. Please support David’s bid for his National Medal of Heroism. He earned it. If he were a Mexican kid, OC BSA would have nominated him. Race shouldn't matter, OC BSA.

David Eugene Rozier, Jr earned his National Medal of Heroism and you should have nominated him for the award.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 100 signatures
    2. Race and Life Saving

      Karen Rozier
      Petition Organizer

      http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_21846384/heart-attack-help-much-less-likely-poor-neighborhoods

      I saw this in the news today. One of my assertions is that if a White Boy Scout had saved a Black woman, that would have made news because White people won't save Black people. Folks said I was being crazy. My reality is that we live in a place where Black people have always been hated and hunted. Even the Orange County Register and the Los Angeles Times recently admitted (October 2012) that hate crimes against the dwindling Black population have been steadily increasing -- 14% in LA County alone.

      Orange County BSA looks at my Black child saving a White woman as something that he was supposed to do because in the back of their racists minds, Black people are supposed to rescue White people. I bet you won't find ONE INSTANCE where Orange County Boy Scouts has nominated a Black child for saving the life of a White person.

      Heart attack help much less likely in poor neighborhoods of color - The Denver Post

      Cardiac arrest victims are far less likely to get resuscitation help from bystanders in poor neighborhoods of color, according to a major new study by University of Colorado Hospital emergency room doctors. Victims stricken in a public area in a largely white, wealthier part of the U.S.

    3. What Did I Expect?

      Karen Rozier
      Petition Organizer

      A "friend" sent me this link and asked me "What did I expect?"

      Well, I expected that Orange County had learned from its past mistakes. I thought we were living in 2012, not 1921. That's what I expected.

      http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/2011/06/elmer_e_heidt_santa_ana.php

      Profiles in OC Pioneers Who Were Klan Members: Elmer E. Heidt, OC's First Scout Executive for Orange County Boy Scouts Council - Orange County - News - Navel Gazing

      ​Today, the Boy Scouts is one of the most multicultural organizations in Orange County--indeed, if you asked me to describe the prototypical OC Boy Scout, I'd say he was a Vietnamese kid from Little Saigon.

    4. You All Mean So Much to Me BUT ...

      Karen Rozier
      Petition Organizer

      Every single name on this petition means a lot to me, but some names really move me. When I see support from people that I know have walked a much harder road in life, I know I am on the right path.

      Thank you all.

    5. OC Council 2010 Strategic Plan (page 5)

      Karen Rozier
      Petition Organizer

      Page 5 of the Strategic Plan -- My child's race never entered into my head UNTIL the person who was in charge of fundraising at the time, made it very clear that had my son been Asian or Hispanic, the Council would have heavily promoted him.

      THE CAMP, PROPERTIES & PROGRAM CRITICAL STRATEGIC INITIATIVES
      - Program opportunities attract Hispanic and Asian communities.

      http://pinterest.com/pin/110338259592050718/

      My Boy Scouts

      Page 5

    6. 60 SIGNATURES! Thanks.

      Karen Rozier
      Petition Organizer

      I posted the 2010 Strategic Plan pages on my pinterest board. Hopefully you can read them. I'm trying to find the link to the plan so you can read the entire plan. One OC commentator claimed that I was playing the race card. I tried to remind him that it was Pam Sailor of the Council who played the race card when she pointed out the Strategic Plan to "explain" why they didn't use his pictures in the fund raising letter.

      Under FINANCE & DEVELOPMENT CRITICAL STRATEGIC INITIATIVES:-
      - Develop a yearly board development focus that includes Hispanic, Asian and female cultivation.

      http://pinterest.com/pin/110338259592050707/

      My Boy Scouts

      Page 8 of the strategic plan

    7. Reached 50 signatures
    8. Thanks for all the wonderful comments

      Karen Rozier
      Petition Organizer

      It is very encouraging to know that others care. We too were concerned about "merit badge" cheaters. When David earned his Aviation merit badge, we had him earn it through the Young Aviator's program. Despite his clear vision problems (can only see four (4) feet without glasses, seven (7) with glasses) he earned the badge. The rest of the boys received the same badge for taking a tour of a Navy carrier. They didn't even touch an airplane.

      Cost of Navy trip -- $75.00 (no planes)
      Cost of YEA training -- $20.00 (flight involved)

      Too many Orange County parents would rather spend the money and buy the merit badge than require their child to do the work. It's unfair to the kids who actually do the work. Strangely enough, the kids with the most merit badges are the ones that are actually doing the work.

    9. OC BSA FUND RAISING LETTER

      Karen Rozier
      Petition Organizer
      My Boy Scouts

      This is the letter the OC BSA Council used for its 2011 Fundraising Drive.

    10. Thank You!

      Karen Rozier
      Petition Organizer

      We reached 32-signatures so far. Please share this with your friends. I'm putting together a Pinterest board for his Scouting activities. It's tedious uploading, so please be patient with me. Thanks so much for your support so far.
      http://pinterest.com/greywolf62/my-boy-scouts/

      My Boy Scouts

      Veteran's Day 2011. David Bear was the organizer of the Flag Ceremonies but at the last minute decided to turn his duties over to a more senior Scout. I could not have been prouder of him. It's not that he had fear.

    11. Reached 25 signatures
    12. Letter from the Anaheim Fire Department

      Karen Rozier
      Petition Organizer

      Here is the letter that one of the firemen wrote in support of David's effort. The Council saw fit to nominate boys who (1) only saved the lives of friends or family members AND (2) only had the victim (i.e. Dad, girlfriend, etc) to corroborate the story.

      In David's case, he saved the life of a total stranger (and cross-race at that!) and he did it because IT WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. There was no selfish motive and he got nothing from the deal. (When you save your Dad, you get your Dad!)

      In David's case, there was a room full of adults and he was the only one to step up and step in.

      https://pinterest.com/pin/110338259592025643/

      My Boy Scouts

      Letter from Anaheim Fire Department

    13. THANK YOU

      Karen Rozier
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you all very much. I will post copies of the letters he received documenting his contribution and the fund raising letter tomorrow. In the meantime, feel free to read a post I wrote about David last year.

      http://healingsickchildren.blogspot.com/2011/03/dont-quit.html

      Be Great: Don't Quit

      Since his birth 15.5 weeks prematurely, the doctors have told us all the things David would never be able to do: - Never going to walk.- Never going to talk.- Never going to speak.- Probably blind. We didn't believe them. Our parents raised us to believe that "can't" was not an option.

    14. Reached 10 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • David Rozier BUENA PARK, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      Wow, I appreciate the care and concern of those who've signed our petition, but the real crime is how the local council has continued it's program of hate. We are now inclusive scouts because every child in the program deserves a better world, one of truth dedicated to compassion care and love. These aren't fruity ideas but ideas of being better tolerant CItizens of the World.|Let's all do our part to help the youth understand the world is getting smaller and there is little room for the status quo. "Doing the right thing all of the time" the moral challenge and the dilema for those full of hate. Thanks again to those with eyes wide open and the courage to act responsibly. DER

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    • Stephanie Guerrero FOUNTAIN VALLEY, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      This young man deserves to be recognized regardless of the color of his skin, or the number of his IQ. Quite shamefull in this day and age.

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    • John Gregg THOMPSONS STATION, TN
      • almost 2 years ago

      If the boy meets the criteria for the award, then he should receive the award. I was a Life Scout +15 merit badges in the 1970's and an Army 1st Lt on Active Duty and have seen some significant awards for heroism. Petition the BSA leaders, and, if that doesn't work, then take this on Facebook and Twitter and then national TV media. Perhaps start with Rev. Al Sharpton, a noted African-American civil rights activist who has a TV show on MSNBC.

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    • Wendell Baker MORAGA, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Doing what's right is important

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    • Mrs. Stevenson-Rhea WESTWEGO, LA
      • almost 2 years ago

      After reading the story and the history, I want to assist in trying to make this right. The Scout's actions were heroic and selfless. He deserves to be acknowledged and honored for his life saving efforts.

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