21 October 2011
Twenty five year old Army Cadet volunteer leader Michael Haughey went to Buckingham Palace yesterday (20th Oct) where HRH Princess Alexandra presented him with the rare and prestigious Bronze Medal of the Royal Humane Society.
Michael saved the lives of over forty young Army Cadets and staff travelling by coach to their annual camp in Wiltshire last August. His citation reads, “…for having, on 15th August 2010, at very great personal risk saved the lives of over forty cadets and officers of the Army Cadet Force, when the driver became ill and lost control of the coach they were travelling in, on the southbound lane of the M3 motorway between junctions 3 and 4.”
Along with two other supervising members of volunteer staff Lt Victoria Coles and Sergeant Major Instructor Clive Clahar, Michael acted swiftly when the coach driver lost control - Michael steering the veering coach to a safe halt in the emergency lane of the opposite carriageway. As a result no one was seriously injured. The cadets were able to continue and enjoy what is the highlight of the cadet year – annual camp.
A Police Officer at West End, Michael commented “It’s very nice for this to be recognised, we were very lucky and of course it was not just my actions but that of others which brought us to safety. In some ways I just happened to be at the right place at the right time to do what was needed.” After the ceremony Michael accompanied by his partner Emma Clark and both their fathers said “It was fantastic being here at Buckingham Palace, really cool”
In his teens, Michael both a cadet at the vibrant Acton Detachment and returned to serve as an adult volunteer, receiving a commission in February 2010. He is now Training Officer for the whole of 20 Company which includes a large part of North West London. He lives in Camden.
First Aid is an integral part of the Army Cadet syllabus, as is leading and dealing confidently with unusual situations, demonstrated by Michael's actions on this occasion. He has also received a commendation from the Metropolitan Police.