Boy Scouts honored with medals for saving woman from attack

Boy Scouts honored with medals for saving woman from attack

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A pair of local Boy Scouts are being honored for saving a woman from her attacking boyfriend.

Anthony Balaity and Eric Fuller sprung to action in May 2011 when they heard a woman being assaulted on the street outside Fuller's home.

The woman was allegedly being choked and was being dragged by her boyfriend, 25-year-old Victor Florentino Chavez. The boys, just 15 at the time, jumped in to help the woman, who was begging for help, according to the Boy Scouts of America, Southern Sierra Council.

For their heroism, Balaity and Fuller are receiving the Scouts' Honor Medal with Crossed Palms. Balaity will receive his medal Tuesday. Fuller received his medal last month. Both boys are members of Troop 442, chartered by Bakersfield's Westside Church of Christ.

Balaity and Fuller were able to rescue the woman and call 911, but not before Chavez hit Balaity and threatened to kill him. Fuller came to his friend's aid and hit Chavez with a golf club.

The first-arriving Bakersfield police officer encountered Chavez and shot the boyfriend in the ensuing altercation.

Chavez survived and was charged in Kern County court with six felonies, including attempted murder. In February 2012, Chavez pleaded no contest to battery, false imprisonment and resisting a police officer. The other charges were dropped, and Chavez served 237 days in jail.