Meet our heroes: St John Ambulance Workplace Hero
With our Everyday Heroes Awards fast approaching, we want to
share the incredible stories of our finalists.
The Workplace Hero Award is for an individual or individuals
who have saved a life with first aid or has made an extraordinary
first aid achievement in his/her workplace.
Engineer steps up to explosive challenge
Tony, a maintenance engineer, was working on a site in
Foulness Island, waiting for a porta cabin accommodation to arrive
when a large explosion threw two fellow contractors from a nearby
building. The men were both on fire and landed in front of his van
screaming. Tony immediately ran to see what he could do, grabbing a
bucket of water to douse one of the men whilst covering the other
with his jacket to smother the flames. Given the remote nature of
the site there was not much help. Only two other workers had
witnessed the incident and one of them had gone into shock. Luckily
for Tony the other was able to call 999.
Whilst waiting for the emergency services Tony found a water tap
where he continued to soak both the burnt casualties with water
until the paramedics arrived. He then helped to move the badly
burnt casualties into the ambulance.
Caretaker rescues pupil in school collision
As a caretaker at his local school, one of Robert’s jobs is to
direct traffic outside the gates to ensure parents and children are
safe from moving vehicles. On one particular Wednesday afternoon,
the main road outside the school was extremely busy and just as the
kids were streaming out of the grounds, Robert heard a large bang
and a screaming woman shouting that a child had been knocked over.
He ran to the main road and saw a 4x4 with a young boy lying under
the front end of the vehicle. The driver was clearly in shock, so
he immediately asked him to turn off the engine and take the
handbrake off so he could push the vehicle back. The boy
was unresponsive but moaning and then he started to choke, so
he asked one of the witnesses to help him get him on his side while
he supported his head. The boy (a pupil at the school) was later
put into an induced coma because of the extent of his head injuries
but has subsequently made a full recovery.
Shop assistant prevents in-store tragedy
24-year-old Matt was at work in Boots when a call went out for
help in the baby change area. The young shop assistant rushed to
find a 15-month old girl having a seizure. The girl’s mother and
her older daughter were very distressed, but Matt wasted no time in
taking control of the situation. He remained calm and asked the
mother to call for an ambulance, asking her to keep the phone on
speaker so he could hear the call handler’s responses. Matt noticed
straight away that the girl was struggling to breathe and turning
blue so he tilted her head back to open the airways, and held her
in position to keep the airway open. After a minute or two, the
girl was breathing normally again and Matt was able to give a full
handover to the ambulance crew when they arrived.
Russell is seventh floor saviour
Two years ago Russell Piper’s regular day at work was turned
upside down when he saved the life of a colleague who suffered a
cardiac arrest. Working on the 7th floor of a building, Russell was
the only person present when his fellow worker Stephen collapsed.
He immediately dialed 999 and put his mobile on speaker so he could
answer questions from the operator while administering CPR in
between shouting for help.
As a result of the incident, Stephen suffered brain damage and
was unable to walk or talk for a long time afterwards. Following
his slow and painful recovery, Stephen has now come forward as he
is incredibly grateful for Russell’s quick thinking and hands-on
help. Not only did Russell save Stephen’s life, but he also visited
him in hospital, provided support for his partner in the difficult
weeks after the incident and arranged transport home for him.
Jay & Jon
Air ambulance doctor praises life-saving duo
It was early morning in the gym when two employees were faced
with a life or death situation in the middle of the training room.
A man, who had been working out, collapsed on the floor in the
middle of the equipment. The fast actions of the young duo have
subsequently been praised by the air ambulance crew who credit the
men with helping to save his life. They began CPR and defibrillated
the patient in a calm and professional manner and in doing so,
saved his life. Their level-headedness on the paramedic’s arrival
meant he was briefed on the situation and could make an accurate
diagnosis on the spot.
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.
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