9 June 2015
St John Ambulance’s Everyday Heroes, is a special awards programme celebrating the incredible stories of ordinary people who have used first aid to save a life.
Each year, the Guy Evans Young Hero Award is awarded to a young person who has used first aid to save someone’s life.
This year we’re proud to see that three of our cadets have been shortlisted, read about why they were nominated below. Voting is now open, vote here and show your support for our nominees.
In addition, volunteer SI Daniel Measom, Durham ACF has also been shortlisted for an Everyday Hero Award in the adult category for his rapid actions which resulted in saving a baby’s life. The winner is not subject to public vote and will be announced on the night.
Chris Collins with Matthew Grenham
Quick thinking from Chris Collins’ (Buckinghamshire ACF) and his friend Matthew Grenham (an ATC cadet), saved the life of their fellow classmate, Will Edgar-Gibson.
When Will collapsed unexpectedly on the rugby pitch during his school PE lesson, Chris and Matthew came to his rescue and performed CPR, understanding that Will was suffering a cardiac arrest.
Having both had first aid training with the Army Cadets the boys took it in turns to revive Will whilst the teacher called for an ambulance. The First Aid at Work HSE-approved course which the boys had learnt covers the practical skills needed by a first aider in a variety of situations and provides the confidence and knowledge to deal with first aid emergencies.
Will was eventually flown to hospital for emergency surgery and diagnosed with a previously unknown heart condition. He was released from hospital after 10 days, but without the skill and bravery shown by Chris and Matt, it could have been a different story.
Hannah Simmons from Kent ACF has been nominated for the Guy Evans Young Hero Award for her skill and bravery when a young man collapsed on a train. As other passengers of the train simply stood by and watched the young man fall, Hannah recognised that something wasn’t right.
Seeing that the young man was obviously in pain, Hannah put him in the recovery position to enable his breathing. At the next stop Hannah explained quickly and succinctly that an ambulance needed to be called. On arrival, the paramedics discovered the young man had suffered a broken rib which, in turn, had punctured his lung.
Had Hannah not put the young man in the recovery position and ensured that he was able to breathe, the results could have been fatal. Highly commended by the paramedics on scene, Hannah was able to save the young man’s life.
Max Willson of Malvern College CCF has also been nominated for the award for his ingenuity and quick thinking when he saved the life of his little sister who had cut her wrist on a pane of glass.
Whilst on a family holiday in France, things quickly escalated when Max discovered blood gushing from his sister’s wrist, Max acted quickly and efficiently to stem the flow of blood, using the skills he had learnt from his first aid training as part of his Combined Cadet Force training.
He contacted the emergency services, using Google to find the correct number and leaving a red towel on the gate outside for the ambulance to look out for. His sister Mini, who had severed an artery and three tendons, made a full recovery.
First Aid training is offered as part of the Army Cadet experience for both cadets and adult volunteers. Find out more about ACF First Aid activities here.