Cooper James Smith recognized by Kenny Matassa for his bravery

Darian Graivshark
Group photo at the Ascension parish council meeting with Cooper James Smith, recognized by parish president Kenny Matassa.

Every city has a hero in their hometown, and sometimes that hero is a young boy.

Cooper James Smith is a part of the St. Theresa Boy Scouts, Troop 65 in Gonzales. Smith resides in Prairieville. He was born on August 29, 2006 and has been a part of the scouts for six years.

At the Ascension Council Meeting on August 16, parish president Kenny Matassa recognized Smith for his heroic actions.

"Cooper was in a pool with 8-10 other children when a pair of 4 year old twins jumped into the pool without flotation devices and without notice. However, Cooper noticed the twins didn't resurface after jumping in and pulled the twins to safety," Matassa said.

Approximately 30 people were at the party and they hadn't noticed, or realized, what was going on until the twins began to cry after Smith rescued them.

Smith was able to prevent a family tragedy by being alert and observant while at the pool party. If he hadn't been present the outcome may have been different.

"I, Kenny Matassa, president of the parish of Ascension in Louisiana, by virtue of authority invested in me, proclaim August 16, 2018 as Cooper Smith Day. Congratulations to his courage and leadership," Matassa said.

The young boy was presented with an award at the end of Matassa recognizing him, and they took a photo with some of his troops and parents that were present.

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