Army Cadet Force sweep the Humanitarian Citizen Awards

19 November 2014

Five members of the Army Cadet Force were the only shortlisted nominations in the First Aid category at the prestigious British Red Cross Humanitarian Citizen Awards at the House of Commons yesterday.

The British Red Cross Humanitarian Citizen Awards is an annual event, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, that recognises 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.

Cadet Sergeant Major Callum Mellis of Durham ACF Band & Bugles, Euan Waugh from Cleveland ACF, Devon ACF cadet Ryan Cahill and Joshua Edwards from Warwickshire ACF all heard their citations read and received British Red Cross Humanitarian Citizen certificates. 22-year-old Sergeant Instructor Jessica Bradley from the ACF’s Shetland Islands Independent Company was announced as the winner of the First Aid category and in the culmination of the afternoons events was then announced as the overall British Red Cross Humanitarian Citizen of 2014.

Callum Mellis stepped in and took charge when an elderly lady collapsed with a serious head injury. Callum managed the casualty for the 1 and a half hours it took for an ambulance to arrive. Euan Waugh leapt into the River Tees to rescue a drowning 3 year old child. When a person had a fit in a car Ryan Cahill was on hand and Joshua Edwards had to manage the injured people in an overturned car on his way home from school.

Jessica Bradley heard screaming from a house. Inside she found 3 young men in distress, one with a very serious injury to his neck, he had attempted to take his own life. Jessica applied direct pressure and stemmed the bleeding. She managed to apply dressings before the man lashed out and she was forced to retreat. The paramedics told her that her swift action had saved the casualty’s life.

Lieutenant Colonel Alan Sharkey, Chairman of the ACF National First Aid Panel said,

"It was humbling and a privilege to share their day with these young people. Each of 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”.