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Guy Evans Young Hero Award 2017

The Guy Evans Young Hero Award recognises a young person who has saved a life. The award is made in honour of Guy Evans, who died when first aid might have given him a chance to live.

Caine Wildman - WINNER

Hero son gives CPR to father and saves his life

Caine Wildman, aged 14, came home from school to find his father collapsed on the sofa not breathing and unresponsive. Caine immediately took control of the situation by firstly placing his father on to the floor, calling an ambulance and started CPR, while he waited for the paramedics to arrive to take over. When they arrived, Caine continued in a cool manner and helped to calm down his two younger siblings. Without Caine completing the CPR, Caine's father Craig Wildman was told by the consultants that Caine was a hero and undoubtedly saved his life by his cool, calm actions and first aid skills.

Dominic Hollinshead

10 year old saves mum from choking to death

When mum Lisa Hollinshead, started to choke, son Dominic, aged 10, acted fast and put the first aid skills he’d learned from St John Ambulance’s Big First Aid Lesson at school to the very best use. Lisa was relaxing watching television and snacking on pork scratchings when a piece got stuck and she started to choke. Although normally in bed at that time, 10pm, Dom had gone downstairs for some reason and raced into help his mum. Dom knew exactly what to do and performed abdominal thrusts on Lisa to dislodge to piece of pork scratching. On the fourth thrust the obstruction flew out.

Emily Budinger

Teenager treats herself following severe bleed in axe incident

Emily Budinger, aged 16 was chopping firewood at a camp in Canada when her axe made contact with her leg and caused a deep laceration. She used her clothing to stop the bleeding and treat herself for shock. When her campmates arrived, one of them fainted. She instructed one of the campers to remember the recovery position and make sure the other casualty had an open airway. Once a first aider arrived, she was taken to hospital and made a full recovery.

Amy Crowther

Teenager saves mum suffering rare heart condition

Amy Crowther's mum, Jo, picked up her children from school and was feeling poorly. When they got home she felt so ill that she asked Amy to watch the younger children as she needed to go and lie down. Amy said she wanted to check Jo's temperature and when she went to get the thermometer, Jo lost consciousness. Amy kept very calm, called an ambulance and explained what was happening, rang her dad and when she couldn't get him she rang her grandparents. The younger boys heard the commotion and went upstairs but Amy told them everything was fine and didn’t let them into mum's bedroom. It must have been terrifying for Amy but she kept calm throughout. Paramedics arrived and Amy went with her to hospital. Following investigations it was discovered that Jo had had a heart attack due to a spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD), a rare, sometimes fatal condition.

Ellis Rudge

Teenager treats skate park head injury

Whilst Ellis Rudge was in the skate park, he witnessed a boy, Mason Kent, who had fallen badly and banged his head. Ellis assessed the situation, realised that Mason had passed out and straight away placed him in the recovery position. He took his coat off and placed it under Mason’s head in an effort to make him comfortable. Ellis then managed to alert those around him to call for an ambulance and locate Mason’s parents. When the paramedics arrived, Ellis despite only being 12 years old, was able to deliver a credible and thorough brief to them. Mason had sustained internal bruising to his skull, but the swift action taken by Ellis that day ensured that Mason received professional medical assistance as soon as possible.

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Winners quote

'I feel that recognition and thanks play a big part in motivating each other to achieve even greater things.'

Luis Sellmeyer, 2017 Volunteer of the Year Award winner

2017 Finalists

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