Cadet Ennis Cotterill-Stirling (16), from Dingwall Detachment, was presented with an Army Cadet Charitable Trust UK Praiseworthy First Aid Certificate for putting his First Aid Training to use.
Cdt Cotterill-Stirling was nominated for their award by their Detachment Commander for their quick thinking in providing First Aid on a fellow cadet during an Adventure Training day in the Summer. A group of cadets took part in a Mountain Biking experience day at their Battalion’s Annual Camp back in July, where during the cycle one of the cadets in the group fell off their bike which caused some cuts to their nose which also started bleeding. Before the instructor even got off their bike to take out the group First Aid Kit, Ennis was already on hand applying First Aid using his own personal kit which he was carrying in his backpack. After a quick assessment of the injured cadet by the Adult Instructor, Cadet Cotterill-Stirling continued to apply first-aid by cleaning the injured area, applying a dressing and reassuring the casualty, this allowed the Instructor the freedom to manage the incident.
Throughout the whole incident Ennis remained very calm and applied excellent First Aid skills to the injured cadet, including injecting a degree of humour in to the situation when he asked the injured cadet if he would prefer a ‘plain’ or ‘dinosaur’ plaster to secure the dressing – which the casualty went for ‘dinosaur’.
Dingwall Detachment Commander, Company Sergeant Major Instructor Craig MacIver said: “On the day Cadet Ennis Cotterill-Stirling was a great asset to his fellow cadets and Instructor and his praiseworthy actions should be recognised.”
Ennis was presented with his certificate by the Battalion’s Commandant Colonel Mike MacDonald at the Battalion’s Cadet Training Centre in Dingwall at the end of the Ross Company Training Weekend held at the end of October.