Young first aider of the Year award winners 2010
Max Attack - St John Ambulance Badger
On 24 August 2009, Max was on holiday with his parents in
Germany when he witnessed his neighbour collapse in front of him.
Acting promptly, he looked for a response, opened the airway and
checked for breathing before running off to find his parents.
Max returned to the scene with his parents, both St John
Ambulance Advanced First Aiders, who carried out life saving first
aid. He stayed calm throughout and continued to help by finding a
blanket and directing the ambulance crew to the garden.
After a long period in hospital and extensive heart surgery, the
casualty made a full recovery.
Abigail Carson - St John Ambulance Cadet
On 12 September 2009, Abigail was at her grandparent's house,
when she heard a tremendous noise. Rushing to the stairs she saw
that her grandfather, aged 79, had fallen from the top and crashed
into a table at the bottom.
The fall had knocked him unresponsive and he was bleeding from
the face and neck. Abigail tried to rouse him, checked for any
further injuries and then telephoned for an ambulance. While on the
telephone, her grandfather, in a confused state, began to move. She
kept him calm and tried to stop the bleeding from a deep wound on
The operator stayed on the telephone until the ambulance crew
arrived. By this time, her younger brother and sister were
extremely upset and crying; Abigail consoled them while the
ambulance crew attended to their grandfather. She informed the crew
about her grandfather’s health and the medication he took then
telephoned her mother.
Abigail's grandmother, who is completely deaf and had suffered a
stroke, was reassured by Abigail using sign language.
Her grandfather was admitted to hospital for observation.
The following day Abigail came to the aid of her grandmother who
had suffered a fall, bruised herself and cut her face.
Matthew Dogru - Army Cadet Force
On 5 September 2009, Matthew was on holiday with his family in
Matthew was playing a video game with his twin brother George
and his younger brother Seb, when he heard George
cough. Matthew saw that George's legs were caught on the chair
and the rest of his body was on the floor. George's leg had
begun to twitch and he was making a choking/snoring noise and then
he started to fit. Matthew pulled him away from the chair and held
He shouted to Seb to get help and then placed George's chin down
to stop him from swallowing his tongue. He checked his breathing
but he was still making the noise. Matthew hit his back and
then placed his hand under his bottom lip which made his mouth open
slightly and Matthew saw a piece of a sweet at the back of his
throat. Matthew made a hook with his finger and pulled it out
of his mouth. George's mouth then closed and his eyes became wide.
When he looked again, George's eyes had fallen to the floor and had
A woman arrived and tried to move George's arms but Matthew
stopped her. When George's arms started to loosen, Matthew put him
in the recovery position and he stopped making the snoring noise.
The hotel manager tried to put a belt in George's mouth but Matthew
didn't allow him as George was already in the recovery
George was still unresponsive when the ambulance arrived and he
was kept in overnight.
Craig Goddard - St John Ambulance Badger
On 28 June 2009, Craig was swimming at Covehithe Beach with his
18 year old brother Ian and other family members. Ian came out
of the sea and fainted.
Craig noticed that his brother had a red rash with white welts
and was shivering and cold. Using his first aid skills, he took
charge of the incident and covered Ian with towels, clothes and
other items to keep him warm then telephoned for an ambulance.
The emergency services were unable to find the beach and during
the hour the patient and first aider had to wait, Craig
administered continual first aid and kept talking to Ian to keep
Matthew Jackson - Army Cadet Force
On 4 September 2009, Matthew was walking through Sighthill Park
with his girlfriend when a man ran past them carrying a
blood-covered knife. He heard screaming from the direction the man
had come from and went to investigate.
Matthew found a man lying on the ground bleeding profusely from
a stab wound to his abdomen. He took charge of the situation and
grabbed a blanket from a baby's pram to stem the blood flow.
Matthew then instructed the owner of the pram to apply direct
pressure to the wound while he called the emergency
The police arrived followed by the ambulance.
The casualty recovered after two emergency operations.
Joseph McCrudden - Air Training Cadets
On 29 May 2009, Joseph and his girlfriend were leaving a concert
when they saw a young girl on the floor. The girl was lying on her
back motionless but vomiting.
There were adults in close proximity to her but no one had taken
the initiative to offer aid.
Joseph knelt down beside her and tried to wake her up by calling
to her and shaking her shoulder. Realising she was unconscious, he
asked someone to call an ambulance. He tilted the girl’s head back
and then looked sideways to her chest and used all his senses to
check for her breath; she was breathing but at a slow rate. While
putting her in the recovery position, Joseph noticed that her mouth
and nose were slightly blocked and tilted her head back a little
The police arrived followed by the ambulance. Joseph
explained the situation to both emergency services and left the
incident knowing the situation was under control.
Jodi Page - Army Cadet Force
On 30 June 2009, Jodi was on her way to college when a 78 year
old man collapsed at the entrance to Cambridge railway station.
Jodi went to the man's aid and found him unresponsive. While
checking his airway she discovered that his false teeth had fallen
to the back of his throat. Jodi removed them.
The man's breathing was erratic: he was also making short loud
gasps then would stop breathing. She sent a bystander to call for
an ambulance and, using a face shield, commenced CPR.
Unexpectedly, the man gave a large gasp and started breathing so
Jodi put him into the recovery position. She then asked station
staff for a first aid kit and using a large dressing, applied it to
the wound at the back of his head. Jodi carried on checking the
man's breathing until the ambulance arrived.
Rachel Prosser - St John Ambulance Cadet
In May 2009, Rachel was playing in her garden with her father
Kevin when a female friend came rushing out of the house. Her 20
month old daughter was choking on a cracker. The mother had slapped
her back several times to dislodge it but when her daughter showed
no signs of recovering, she ran outside for help.
Rachel took the baby whilst the mother went back inside to call
for an ambulance. Staying calm and showing exceptional
presence of mind, Rachel put her first aid into practice. She gave
the child five back blows and then two abdominal thrusts and then
the cracker came out.
Thomas Ross - St John Ambulance Cadet
On 10 November 2009, Thomas was on his way to work on the bus.
The bus stopped but Thomas was unaware there had been a road
traffic incident as he was listening to his iPod. Taking out his
headphones he heard the driver say there had been an
He went to investigate and asked the driver what had happened.
He established the facts and began the primary assessment of the
casualty; a child. The casualty was awake but had clear signs of
Asking a bystander to hold the head of the casualty, he checked
the casualty for other injuries. The casualty became distressed and
Thomas made the decision to take control of the head as the only
other obvious injuries were minor grazes.
The police quickly arrived and took care of the driver of the
car who hadn’t been injured. A paramedic responder soon after knew
Thomas from duty at Birmingham City Football ground and told him to
continue reassuring the casualty. The ambulance crew arrived ten
minutes after the paramedic. The paramedic told Thomas the log roll
was on his count – his first.
The casualty was strapped onto a spinal board, lifted onto the
trolley and into the ambulance. Thomas then left the scene to go to
Nicole Smith - Army Cadet Force
On 16 June 2009, Nicole was walking home from school. On turning
a corner, she saw her friends congregating on the pavement and
gesturing to her to approach them. Nicole ran over to find a
young male on the ground, attempting to stand up. Nicole asked what
had happened and found that the casualty had been riding his moped
down the hill at high speed and had collided with a stationery
vehicle parked at the side of the road. He had hit the road causing
severe injuries to himself.
Nicole told the casualty to stay still and not to move his
injured leg. She noticed that there was muscle and bone protruding
from the wound and that he was bleeding severely. No one had a
first aid kit and so she improvised with tea towels from a local
resident. She applied direct pressure and reassured the casualty.
Nicole asked a friend to call an ambulance.
When the first responder arrived, she was asked to stay and help
with the casualty’s dressings and prepare him for
When the ambulance arrived, the paramedics took