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Girls Scout troop holds child safety drive to remember boy


In March, two-year-old Myles Ernzen was tragically killed by a truck outside his home in Dubuque County. This month, a group of Girl Scouts are finding a way to honor him and prevent a tragedy from happening again.

"It struck me so hard and I think it really rattled the community," Sageville Girl Scout leader Jessica Weis said. "Being a mother of toddlers myself, I know how toddlers are. I know how curious they are, how unpredictable they are. You look away for a second and they are getting into mischief."

Myles wandered away from his home one night and was tragically struck by a truck. His sister, Alexis, is in Weis' Girl Scout troop.

"The Girl Scouts and I felt like we should really do something to make a difference and build awareness," Weis said.

So the Sageville Girl Scouts came up with a plan of action called "Safe for Myles". The goal: raise awareness about child safety, while remembering Myles' life.

"We really hope we can make a big difference and get these items to children in need and if anything, just build awareness for the kids, for the drivers and for parents," Weis said.

And you can help the cause now through the end of May. Donations of any kind can be dropped off at all four Hartig's in Dubuque. Items like outlet covers, door locks and hatches, corner guards and summer outdoor safety equipment can be donated.

At the end of the month all the items will be donated to "Women, Infant, Child" (WIC) and distributed to families in need.

It's just one small way the group can honor their fellow Girl Scout and remember a child whose life was lost too soon.

"We wanted to do something positive, in light of this tragedy, in light of Myles. Something to create a legacy for this young boy," Weis said.



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