Chicago Boy Scout To Receive Special Award For Shielding Girlfriend From Bullets

(CBS) — This evening – a South Side teenager will get an award from the Boy Scouts of America: an honor only a few other scouts have ever received in this country.

It is the Honor Medal. Since 1923, fewer than 2,500 have been given out by the Boy Scouts.

Chicago Boy Scout To Receive Special Award

And now 18-year-old Lawrence Sellers – a senior at King High School – is getting one because he shielded his girlfriend from bullets just over a year ago – and he was shot in the leg.

It was the same incident where Hadiya Pendleton was killed.

Sellers says he’s not an “awards person.”

“It’s not – well, it’s a big deal but I just feel like you don’t deserve an award for doing what’s right.”

He says he and his girlfriend Danetria Hutson have been closer since the shooting.

“Maybe a little, I don’t know.”

“He talks to me about his nightmares and stuff,” says Danetria. “He never talked to me about nightmares before… so I think that’s close.”

Nightmares where he reenacts the events of that day – when 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton died.

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