4 February 2020
A young cadet was very glad that it was not only music she had learnt since joining the Band and Drums of the 1st (NI) Battalion, Army Cadet Force. Lance Corporal Abbie Hamilton aged 15 and a pupil of Ballyclare Secondary School was travelling on the school bus when she found a man who had collapsed and appeared to be having a seizure on the floor of the bus, after alerting the bus driver she returned to the casualty to find that he had stopped moving but was unresponsive but breathing.
Despite attempts to put him in the recovery position due to the lack of space on the bus L/Cpl Hamilton had to support him to ensure his airway remained open. Abbie then advised the driver to go direct to the A&E Department of The Antrim Area Hospital, on arrival at the hospital the man started to become a bit more responsive. L/Cpl Hamilton briefed the medical staff on what had happened, and the man was taken into the Casualty Department where he was treated by the doctors and nurses. Abbie stayed at the hospital until the casualty’s very grateful mother arrived to be with him. For most people her age it would have been a traumatic event dealing with an unconscious casualty but not Abbie, she just set off to walk to her school.
Cadets from all our detachments including our Band and Drums are taught First Aid at basic level with Heartstart followed by Youth First Aid and for our more senior cadets a First Aid at Work qualification. They are taught to deal with different types of scenario’s and are practised in First Aid every few months to keep their skills up.
It was a very proud day for Abbie and her family when she was presented with a National Praiseworthy First Aid Certificate by Colonel Cadets (NI) Colonel Paul Shepperd OBE.
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