Local Girl Scout Troops Honor Fallen Wisconsin Scouts With Day of Service

November 10, 2018 10:58 PM

Girl Scout troops across the country held vigils on Saturday to honor three scouts and a troop leader who were killed on a western Wisconsin county road one week ago.

Sara Schneider and her daughter, Haylee Hickle, were killed along with Jayna Kelley and Autumn Helgeson when a pickup truck crashed into the group as they picked up trash.

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A fourth girl, Madalyn Zwiefelhofer, survived the crash but was critically injured.

In Rosemount, the local troop gathered to hold a special ceremony and moment of silence. Nearly two dozen Girl Scouts stood together in a Friendship Circle and sang to honor the memory of their fallen sisters.

Katie Johnson, a troop leader, said the vigil was organized quickly after the group learned about the deadly crash.

"My heart is grieving for those families," Johnson said.

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She said her troop is made up of fourth-graders. Johnson said conversations over the last week about what happened have been challenging.

"At this age, it's hard to understand the permanency of what happened last Saturday, that we've lost these girls and the mother," Johnson said.

What they did understand, is that the mission of serving their community should live on.

That's why several area troops gathered at the Flint Hills Athletic Complex to pick up trash - the same activity the Chippewa Falls group was doing.

"I think it's important in that we helped carry out what they first started," said Girl Scout, Dezz Eckstrom.

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