Scott Walter Asson saved Nancy Lippert from drowning, Scottsdale, Arizona, October 14, 1988. Miss Lippert, 46, was driving her car on a flooded road when it was pulled by the current into the Indian Bend Wash and was partially submerged. Asson, 20, witnessed the accident and immediately ran into the water. He waded and swam to the car, then attempted without success to open one of its doors. After swimming back to wadable water to obtain a rock, Asson returned to the car and, using the rock, broke out its rear window. He reached inside, seized Miss Lippert, and pulled her out of the car moments before it submerged completely. With Miss Lippert holding onto his shirt, Asson, who was tiring, let the current carry them as he swam toward the edge of the wash. When they reached wadable water, others took Miss Lippert the remaining distance to land. Miss Lippert sustained bruises and scratches, but she recovered.
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Scott W. Asson, of Boise, Idaho, died on Sept. 22, 2007. Asson was born Feb. 15, 1968, in Rupert, Idaho, the sixth child of Gary and LeRae (Wall) Asson. He was an active child, with sun-blessed cheeks and through the years grew and matured to become a handsome, caring, hard-working, and hard-playing adult.
Asson attended school in Burley, Idaho, and graduated from St. Joseph High School in Santa Maria, Calif., in 1986. During his school years, Asson played football and baseball, but his true passion was baseball–proudly wearing his older brother’s number 3 jersey. Asson was very passionate about his family and his relationship with Jesus Christ. He loved playing his drums and following his favorite baseball teams. He was skilled in his business of painting and installation of concrete overlays, and was diligent and dedicated to his work — whatever it might involve.
Asson had a servant’s heart and was always helping those in need. Continuingly helping others became a large part of his life’s work. The Carnegie Medal was awarded to Asson for his daring, single-handed, unflinching actions in saving the life of a woman whose vehicle had been swept from the roadway by a flash flood near Phoenix, Ariz., in October 1988.
(Edited from the Idaho Statesman, Sept. 26, 2007.)