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Boy Scouts of America honors teen killed in Smyrna hit-and-run

Posted: Updated: April 13, 2014 11:21 PM CDT
Clifton Braunwalder, 13, will be honored by the Boy Scouts of America Sunday. Clifton Braunwalder, 13, will be honored by the Boy Scouts of America Sunday.

The Boy Scouts of America awarded Clifton Braunwalder the Spirit of the Eagle award posthumously in a private ceremony Sunday afternoon.

The award is given to Boy Scouts who die while part of the organization. The executive director of the Middle Tennessee Council of the Boys Scouts presented the award.

Braunwalder's father, who is also his troop's scoutmaster, pinned the award to his son's Boy Scout uniform, which he will be buried in.

"We were able to acknowledge what a great scout Clifton was and what he meant to us," Family Spokesman and Assistant Troop Leader Rob Thomas said. "Today was all about the Boys Scouts giving them the opportunity in a private setting just with the family to come together and begin the healing process."

Thomas said Braunwalder's fellow Boy Scouts will also lead a candlelight vigil for the teen Monday night at 8 p.m. It will follow visitation at the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Parish in Murfreesboro which starts at 4 p.m.

Braunwalder was struck and killed on I-24 in Smyrna while changing a flat tire for his mother Thursday afternoon.

His mother was injured in the wreck.

SLIDESHOW: Teen killed in I-24 hit-and-run

"That was just Clifton," Thomas said. "He saw something that needed to be done, even though his father was on the way, and he still stepped in and took that role."

The Tennessee Highway Patrol said the driver who hit Clifton, Tina Wilson, did not stop and was later arrested in Nashville. Wilson was charged with vehicular homicide and aggravated assault Friday.

She is being held in the Rutherford County jail without bond.

Thomas told News 2 that Braunwalder's family is thankful for all the support and prayers of people in the community.

"I'm just amazed at the strength of this family in the middle of what any of us would think is completely unbearable," Thomas said.

Braunwalder's funeral mass will take place Tuesday at 10 am at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church located at 1601 North Tennessee Boulevard.

In lieu of flowers the family has asked donations be made to the Middle Tennessee Council of Boy Scouts Summer Camp Campership program, the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church youth group, The Middle Tennessee State University Catholic Student Center or the Nashville Rescue Mission.

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