Young first aider of the year award winners 2012
Hannah-Elissa Badnell – St John Ambulance Badger
Last May, Hannah-Elissa was at home, when her mum Heidi fell
down the stairs injuring her left knee quite badly. Hannah-Elissa
went to the phone and called her daddy. She then took an ice pack
and tea towel to her mum. Hannah-Elissa was very brave. She didn’t
cry and she did all this without asking what to do. Hannah-Elissa
is now a Badger, expanding her knowledge and loves doing first
Benjamin Marks-Baggott – St John Ambulance Badger
Benjamin and his mum had been shopping in Bilston Shopping
Centre when they noticed an elderly gentleman in a state of
collapse. His daughter, who was with him, was trying to hold him
up. Benjamin went over with his mum and told the daughter what to
do to help. The gentleman was lowered to the ground and Benjamin
then performed the initial assessment - DRABC. Based on this
assessment Benjamin decided it would be the safest option to put
the gentleman in the recovery position as he was very pale.
As Benjamin is a small child and the man was quite a large,
Benjamin could not manage to put him in the recovery position
himself so told his mum how and what to do. An ambulance was called
by a passing police officer and Benjamin stayed with the gentleman
and his daughter until the arrival of the emergency services.
Cadet Lance Corporal Aaron Field – Army Cadet Force
Late one Saturday evening Aaron was in his room playing on his
PS3 when he heard a crash. Running down the stairs he found his dad
holding his forearm. Aaron’s dad had been doing some DIY at home
and had fallen off a ladder going straight through a glass
Aaron asked his dad to let him look at his arm and he saw a deep
cut with lots of blood and what appeared to be muscle hanging out.
Making sure there was no glass in the wound, Aaron gave his dad a
towel which he wrapped round his arm and told him to apply
pressure. By this point his dad had gone very pale so Aaron asked
him to sit down and to elevate his arm. There was a lot of blood
but Aaron didn’t panic remembering what he had been taught. He made
sure his dad’s arm remained elevated whilst still applying
pressure. Aaron also cleaned the blood away from the wound while he
waited for the ambulance which he had calmly asked his mum to
Cadet Sergeant Lewis Hayes – Army Cadet Force
Lewis was on his way to meet a friend to start their first day
at work. As he neared his destination, he heard a woman calling for
help and saw a man collapsed at the bus stop. Lewis went across to
see what was happening. The lady who was calling for help was
panicking and was in a state of distress. Lewis introduced himself
and explained that he was a trained first aider. Two other people
nearby also offered their assistance.
Lewis was unable to get a response from the casualty but was
able to establish that he had a clear airway. Lewis showed another
bystander how to maintain the airway. Lewis then noticed that the
casualty had turned pale and blueish. On further examination Lewis
found that the casualty had stopped breathing and he began
performing CPR until the arrival of the ambulance.
When the paramedics arrived on scene they told Lewis to continue
with CPR until they were able to take over. Lewis was able to brief
the paramedics on what had happened and what first aid he had
Lewis then continued on to his first day at work.
Cadet Dean Little – Army Cadet Force
In March 2010 Deane was woken by his nan who was staying with
them at the time. His nan was hysterical and was unable to speak
but she dragged Deane into her bedroom where he found his Granddad
in a semi-conscious state. Deane immediately went over to his
granddad and attempted to wake him by shaking his shoulders. He
checked his granddads pulse but was unable to find one. Deane then
checked his granddads airways and breathing and discovered that his
granddad was no longer breathing. Noticing his granddad was getting
colder to the touch and turning blue, Deane began administrating
CPR and told his nan to call for an ambulance.
The ambulance arrived approximately five minutes later. When the
paramedics arrived they took over administrating CPR and with
Deane’s assistance moved his granddad to the floor as Deane had
been unable to do this by himself.
The paramedics were able to restart Deane’s granddads heart but
unfortunately he later passed away in hospital. Deane’s nan was
told by the Doctors at the hospital that his actions really did
help. If he had not administered CPR the paramedics would never
have got his heart started again.
Cadet Lance Bombardier Rebecca Love – Army Cadet Force
Rebecca had just got off the bus in Willenhall when she heard a
commotion in New Street outside the ‘Malthouse’ public house. She
saw a man get out of a car and start attacking another man,
shouting, ‘I am going to kill you!’ The victim was beaten to the
ground as his sister, Lisa, tried to get the assailant off him.
The assailant returned to his car, took a wooden stick from the
boot and again began to beat the man, still on the floor. By now
the victim’s sister was extremely distraught and screaming. She
attempted to use her mobile phone to call the police but when this
was seen by the assailant he struck the outside of her wrist with
the stick and continued to beat her with it. At this point, with
total disregard for her own safety, Rebecca intervened and went to
the aid of Lisa. Despite the risk that she herself might be
attacked Rebecca called the police. The assailant realising what
Rebecca had done ran back to his car and drove off but not before
Rebecca had made a note of the registration number that she was
later able to pass on to the police.
Rebecca administered first aid to Lisa applying an ice-pack to
her injured hand before she administered first aid to Lisa’s badly
injured brother, she then called an ambulance.