Nuneaton Air Cadet, Sergeant Robert Allan has received a St John Ambulance Young First Aider of the year 2009 Award, in recognition of his effective and prompt first aid actions when he came to the assistance of a member of the public.
On Saturday 27 th September 2008, whilst out on the streets of his Squadrons home town raising funds for the Royal Air Forces Association Wings Appeal, sixteen year old Air Cadet Sgt Robert Allan’s first aid training and quick thinking helped to save the life of a member of the public.
Robert takes up the story, “ I saw a little old lady who was slumped over a bench. I went over and asked her if she was OK although it was obvious that she was in need of help. I then sat her up and started to talk to her, she said she had tingling sensations in her left arm and chest pains, I could also see that her skin looked clammy. I asked her if she was on medication and she told me she had just taken her spray but it wasn’t working.”
“After having first aid training at cadets it made me realise it could be something serious. I knew that I had to keep her sat upright and as calm as possible. I then got someone else to phone for an ambulance and kept talking to her whilst it was on its way, luckily it didn’t take long at all and once they arrived the ambulance crew took over and took her to hospital for further treatment.”
“When I did my first aid training at the cadets I never thought I would ever have to use it in a real incident, I’m just glad I was able to remember what to do to help her.”
Central and East Regional Commandant, Group Captain Brett Morrell presented Sgt Allan with his St John Ambulance Young First Aider of the year 2009 Award and congratulated him for his swift and effective First Aid actions in support of a member of the public..
Robert‘s Commanding Officer Flight Lieutenant Ian Crewe said, “Robert was on his own, some distance away from the Squadron adult staff when he found himself faced with this potentially serious incident. I am delighted that his quick thinking and the way he managed to put his first aid training into practice have been formally recognised in this way. Robert’s actions exemplify the type of good citizenship that we encourage amongst our young people within the Air Cadet movement.”