LCpl Courtney Powdrill gets recommended for award!

26 November 2017

Courtney has shown extreme bravery and her first aid skills at an incident in Luton. Here is the citation describing her actions. She used her cadet training to the full to help the victim despite being in danger herself. A very well done from all at Beds & Herts ACF, The Commandant and everyone is very proud of you.Incident descriptionBetween 2100-2130 on Thursday 2nd November 2017 Courtney was at home when she heard a disturbance outside.She looked through a crack in the curtains and saw a group of six youths stab the casualty in the left calf and then in the back using a large kitchen knife and a warehouse knife/machete.She opened her front door and the youth ran off. Leaving the casualty partly on her footpath and the public footpath which was approx. 10 feet away from her front door.She called to her mother to call the emergency services. Courtney immediately applied pressure to the wound on his calf and raised his leg above the heart.A group formed around her when she asked for help no one offered so she shouted to her mother for something to stop the bleeding. She was given a tea towel by her mother to stem the bleed in his calf and checked the emergency services had been called.Courtney then assessed the casualty after the casualty told her that he had also been stabbed in the back. She found the following injuries in addition to the wound to his left calf just below his knee joint a wound to his back to the left side and cuts to his right knuckles and the nose.She asked the casualty who he was and his age. Which she later gave to the emergency services.At this point somebody appeared and removed a large knife from the casualty’s waist and wrapped it in a T shirt and drove off in a vehicle.The casualty then became very anxious about not being able to breath. Courtney then released his coat slightly and told the bystanders to move back.The casualty then said his neck was hurting. This is when a bystander came forward not from the crowd and Courtney asked her to support his neck.The injury to his back was being supported by his padded tight-fitting jacket and was acting as a bandage so she did not move him.The emergency services arrived together, and the bystander left whilst the casualty was being assessed by the ambulance crew she supported his head. She gave the ambulance crew as much detail as she couldHis coat was removed and the wound to his back then began to bleed heavily.The ambulance crew then stabilised the bleed and removed the casualty to hospitalShe then gave the police a report of her action and what she had seenThe whole incident lasted approx. 15-20 minsSince the incident the police have given a update to the casualties injuries.He has multiple stab wounds and a very serious spinal injury and will be moved to Stoke Manderville when ableCadetI believe that the actions by this cadet stopped further injury to the casualty and showed great courage and bravery in going out to give first aid whilst the offenders were nearby, and where known to be carrying weapons and were prepared to use them. The casualty was also carrying a large knife and may have been prepared to use it.