Meet our heroes: St John Ambulance Community Hero
With our Everyday Heroes Awards fast approaching, we want to
share the incredible stories of our finalists.
With nine categories in total, this week, we’re taking a closer
look at our Community Hero Award finalists. The Community Hero
Award is for an individual or organisation who has used first aid
or has made an extraordinary first aid achievement in their
Off-duty policeman turns carpark hero
Rik didn’t hesitate to race to the rescue when he heard a woman
shouting from her car at a local shopping centre. The off-duty
policeman was with his own small children when he heard distressed
screaming outside the shops. He ran out to find a mother shouting
that her 11-week old baby was struggling to breathe. As the infant
started to turn blue, Rik knew just what to do and gave rescue
breaths to get the baby breathing again.
Teenage fundraiser with a heart of gold
Since learning about the tragic death of a 12- year-old boy
three years ago (when she herself was only 11), Cody Hartley has
worked tirelessly to supply her local schools and community with
defibrillators. Through fundraising activities ranging from
sponsored walks to supermarket bag packs and selling homemade
campaign badges, the dedicated youngster has raised more than
£6,000 to supply lifesaving equipment to three primary schools, a
secondary school and a karate club in her local area.
Paul Gittins, MBE
Local legend gets royal seal of approval
Paul Gittins has been a volunteer Community First Responder for
more than 14 years, attending over 4,000 incidents in his local
area. He is on-call almost every day as he is so passionate about
the safety of residents in his home town and is dedicated to
helping others in need. For years, Paul has been called to
emergencies and can often be the first person to arrive on the
scene. Treating everything from cuts and falls to breathing
difficulties and chest pains. In an average year he receives around
500 calls, many in the middle of the night.
Heroine Helen in mid-Air drama
Helen Turner proved to be a quick-thinking heroine when
confronted by a mid-air emergency on a flight back from a family
holiday. The crew had got the defibrillator out, thinking a
passenger was having a heart attack, but he was showing signs of a
stroke. Helen kept assessing him and her decision forced the
diversion of the plane after she had to personally go into the
cockpit and speak to the captain.
Football fan dedicated to defibrillators
In 2012 following the public cardiac arrest of footballer
Fabrice Muamba, Tracey, as chair of the Bolton ICD (Implantable
Cardioverter Defibrillator) Support Group, along with the
committee, decided to fundraise to provide the local community with
AEDs. Initially targeting local schools and sports clubs, their
first defibrillator was presented to Bolton Rugby Club in December
2012. Since then, the group has donated 120 AEDs and regularly
visits schools and sports clubs to offer resuscitation and AED
training free of charge.
Show your support for St John Ambulance and our amazing
finalists by joining us at the Everyday Heroes Awards on 7
September 2016, hosted by TV presenter Myleene Klass.
Find out more and get your