Durham Army Cadet Receives Royal Humane Society Award

27 November 2013

Army Cadet Sgt Daniel Wilkie from Ryhope was presented with a Royal Humane Society Resuscitation Certificate by the Lord-Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear, Nigel Sherlock, Esq OBE, at a special ceremony held at Londonderry Hall, South Shields.

Cadet Sgt Wilkie has been recognised for his exceptional efforts in continuing to carry out cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for more than 20 minutes. This Certificate is awarded to people who have effected a successful resuscitation of someone, who was at one stage 'seemingly dead'. Sgt Wilkie has also been shortlisted for the annual Young First Aider of the Year.

On Monday 11 March 2013 Daniel’s brother-in-law suffered a cardiac arrest at his home in Sunderland and collapsed. Knowing of his army cadet first aid training, Daniel’s sister immediately called for help and Daniel rushed the few streets to his sister’s house. On arriving he checked the casualty and found that he was not breathing. Daniel started to carry out resuscitation while waiting for an ambulance to arrive. Throughout this time Daniel continued delivering full CPR with rescue breaths and chest compressions. Due to the sheer physical effort required to deliver CPR it is normally recommended that first-aiders change over every 1 to 2 minutes, but, without any other trained help being available, Daniel carried on for over 20 minutes until the ambulance finally got there.

Following the arrival of the ambulance Daniel carried on delivering CPR while the crew set up around him. The ambulance paramedics eventually delivered 3 shocks from a defibrillator before rushing Gary to hospital. Sadly, later that evening, Gary died but Daniel’s skills might well have given him a chance to live he would not otherwise have had. One thing is certain, had Daniel not continued to deliver CPR until the ambulance got there, Gary would have had no chance at all!

Despite the trauma of his experiences in March, Daniel eventually overcame his reluctance to continue his involvement with first aid and went on to represent Durham Army Cadet Force in the County and Brigade First Aid competitions, eventually going all the way to winning the ACF National Young Adult First Aid Competition at RAF Cranwell in October and he has since decided to train as a nurse and, eventually hopes to become a paramedic.

Photograph shows Cadet Serjeant Daniel Wilkie from Ryhope receiving the Royal Humane Society Resuscitation Certifica