Young first aider of the year award winners 2012
Cadet Corporal Kim Magee – Army Cadet Force
In February 2010 whilst on her way to Church, Kim stopped off at
her local shop to buy some sweets. Whilst in the shop Kim noticed
another girl, Kerrie, in the shop who was choking and finding it
increasingly hard to breathe. Kerrie was getting redder and redder;
she tried to speak but was unable to do so. Kim realising the
seriousness of the situation tried slapping her on her back to
clear the sweet but this proved to be ineffective. Kim then decided
to do abdominal thrusts, placing her arms round Kerrie’s stomach
and started thrusts. After a series of abdominal thrusts the sweet
In February 2011 an emergency call was placed to the South
Western Ambulance Service from a young boy, Nathan, whose mother,
Laura was having a fit. Nathan calmly made the call lasting over
eight minutes, answering all questions whilst his mother lay
unresponsive. Nathan not only made the call, but followed all
instructions and kept calm throughout, giving clear information
resulting in an early attendance by paramedics.
Laura made a good recovery but has had further fits since. On at
least one occasion Nathan has been the one to call for help.
Dominic Pearson – Army Cadet Force
Ioannis Woodruff – Army Cadet Force
Dominic and Ioannis were on the bus on their way to a Cadet
meeting when they witnessed a motor-cycle colliding with a car.
They leapt off the bus and found 2 casualties - the motor-cyclist
and the female driver of the car. Dominic dealt with the
motor-cyclist who had sustained injuries to his legs and face; he
was suffering from shock and was semi-responsive. A bystander
offered a first aid kit and assisted Dominic in applying bandages.
Dominic maintained constant re-assurance of the casualty and also
kept bystanders from crowding the casualty. Dominic gave a clear
and professional handover to the paramedics who took at least 30
minutes to arrive.
Ioannis dealt with the women driver of the car who was shaking
and in shock. Ioannis took the woman away from the scene, reassured
her and checked her for injuries. He also reassured her young son
who was also in the car. Ioannis then directed the traffic which
had become a hazard.
Cadet Ryan Speight – Army Cadet Force
Cadet Corporal Michel Stanton – Army Cadet Force
Ryan and Michel were setting off to go home on their bikes
through Wombwell High Street when they heard two gentlemen talking
about an incident that just happened. They continued their journey
through the High Street regardless and came across a man on the
floor with people standing around him, shouting and swearing at
each other. Initially they both thought it was a drunken man on the
floor, but as they got closer they found that the man was bleeding
and there was a lot of blood around him.
Ryan and Michael immediately got off their bikes and went to see
if they could offer assistance. They tried to find out what had
happened but they found it difficult to understand what most of the
bystanders were saying due to the animation of the incident. Ryan
asked everyone to calm down and move back to give them both space
around the casualty. Ryan and Michael made an initial assessment of
the casualty’s injuries. The victim’s face was covered in blood and
it looked as if his nose was hanging off, the man was unresponsive.
Ryan asked one of the casualty’s friends what had happened and she
replied that he had been hit in the face, but due to his injuries
it was clearly more than a punch, it was more likely that the
casualty had been continuously beaten. Ryan and Michael then placed
the casualty into the recovery position. The casualty was still
bleeding heavily, so to prevent the man from choking on his own
blood Ryan and Michael elevated the casualty’s head away from the
blood whilst keeping the casualty in the recovery position.
Ryan’s mum who had been in attendance at the same parade night
as the boys was travelling home separately in her car, noticed the
scene and stopped to see if she could assist. Ryan’s mum rang the
While Ryan’s mum was dealing with the casualty Ryan spotted
another man laid on the floor, leaving his mum with the first
casualty Ryan and Michael rushed over to the other man. The second
casualty was not involved in the same incident as the first, he was
a drunk man who, when trying to get on the bus in order to make his
way home had fallen off the bus and hit his head on the concrete
floor, but the bus driver did nothing and simply drove off.
The second casualty was responsive but hard to understand. After
trying to ascertain what had happened to the casualty, Ryan took
off his combat jacket and wrapped it round the casualty to keep him
warm and Michael rested the casualty’s head on his legs, keeping it
elevated in order that not too much blood would go to his head as
he had a very large bump on his head. Ryan and Michael continued to
administer first aid until the paramedics arrived.
Able Cadet Kimberly Stubbs - Sea Cadet
Kimberly was coaching at her local trampoline club in Milton
Keynes when one of the students started screaming and running
across the trampoline, Kimberly was quick to realise that blood was
spurting out of the student’s arm. Immediately applying pressure
with her hands, Kimberly called for help while trying to calm the
casualty. Seeing a jumper nearby, Kimberly asked someone to pass it
to her and managed, without releasing pressure, to cover the wound
with it. Though adult supervisors arrived on scene, Kimberly
continued applying pressure and reassuring the casualty that she
would be alright, until the ambulance arrived and the paramedics
were able to take over.
Cadet Lance Corporal Adam Williams - Army Cadet Force
Adam and his brother Jared were playing on their bikes when
Jared rode his bike off a ramp and landed headfirst on the road.
Adam ensured his brother stayed conscious and instructed bystanders
to telephone the emergency services. Adam applied pressure to
Jared’s head to stop the bleeding; he ensured his brother wasn’t
moved until the paramedics arrived. Adam was able to put aside his
emotions and keep calm while constantly reassuring Jared.
Jared sustained a severe laceration to the head requiring 12
stitches and multiple compound fractures to the thoracic spine. He
has now made a full recovery with no paralysis.