Brave young first aiders save man
A team of young St John Ambulance volunteers
swung into action to save the life of a man having a heart
attack during a fireworks display at Sandhurst
Their swift action was successful and it has
earned the young first aiders a fistful of nominations for
The casualty, who was in the audience with
his family, collapsed during the interval and volunteers was on the
spot immediately, summoning the team of higher trained members with
specialist skills including the use of medical gasses and an
Major General Sir Evelyn Webb-Carter, KCVO,
OBE, Controller of the Army Benevolent Fund, said:
'Music on Fire is the main
fundraiser for the Army Benevolent Fund.
Thousands of people come to it and it would be impossible to
organise such a large event without the support of St John
'This could have been a terrible incident
but St John volunteers did a brilliant job and saved his life. We
are very grateful for their dedication and expertise. Well done St
The team included Hannah Carpenter aged 15,
(Frimley and Camberley) and Jack Walker aged 19, (Woking) manning
the control unit, Henry Baines, aged 18, (Weybridge) and Sam
Walker, aged 21, (Frimley and Camberley) who operated the
defibrillator and gave oxygen.
Adult St John volunteers Sally-Anne Nelson
(Frimley and Camberley) and Gerry McAteer (Cranleigh) also took
part in the resuscitation.
The team performed manual
before administering a
shock with the AED. Following another round of CPR, the man
regained consciousness and began breathing on his own and he was
taken by South East Coast Ambulance to Frimley Park Hospital.
A doctor who helped at the scene, was full
of praise. 'It is wholly down to the dedication through training
and quick thinking and action of the volunteers involved, that the
patient remains alive today,' he said.
Nigel Huston, a member of the audience who
watched the successful resuscitation said: 'Within seconds, or so
it seemed, the St John Ambulance team arrived fully equipped and
organised to deal most competently with the emergency. They took
charge of the incident, acting with haste, but not in panic.'