Euan wins national award for rescuing toddler

29 November 2014

Cadet Euan Waugh of Norton RE was among five members of the Army Cadet Force (the only shortlisted nominations in the First Aid category) at the prestigious British Red Cross Humanitarian Citizen Awards at the House of Commons!

The British Red Cross Humanitarian Citizen Awards is an annual event, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, that recognizes the achievements of young people under 25 in a range of achievements that include volunteering and fundraising as well as first aid. The five members of the Army Cadet Force were selected from around 60 nominations in all.

Euan showed no hesitation in coming to the rescue of a local toddler. 3 year old Harvey was fishing for tadpoles from the riverbank at Preston Park when, not noticing how steep the bank was, he fell in. Hearing shouts from onlookers, Euan immediately jumped into the water, swam to the distraught child and, with his arm around his waist, guided him over to a pontoon at the bank before reuniting Harvey with his mother and grandmother. Though Euan has received training within the cadet force for incidents like this, he said 'it was gut instinct, really, he was in the water and I had to help. I didn't think of anything else'.

Lieutenant Colonel Alan Sharkey, Chairman of the ACF National First Aid Panel said that it was humbling and a privilege to share their day with these young people. He said “these stories show that army cadets step up and act when others don’t. The awards today are a magnificent testimonial to ACF training, not just in first aid but in the citizenship skills that come shining through what these young people achieved”.