Quick action by cadets leads to special award

Col of the army Army Cadet Force, Col Ives, presenting first aider of the year awards to cadets at the TA Centre in Bury. Left is Callum Richardson and right is Connor Wilkinson.
Col of the army Army Cadet Force, Col Ives, presenting first aider of the year awards to cadets at the TA Centre in Bury. Left is Callum Richardson and right is Connor Wilkinson.
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TWO Army cadets who went to the aid of a disabled man who was injured at a Norfolk countryside event have been jointly named Young First Aider of the Year by St John Ambulance.

Connor Wilkinson, 17, and Callum Richardson, 15, looked after the man and radioed for help at the incident last year at the Norfolk Game and Country Fair.

On Monday night they were presented with certificates by Commandant of the Suffolk Army Cadet Force, Colonel Kelvin Ives, at its headquarters at the TA Centre in Newmarket Road, Bury St Edmunds.

The two teenagers were on car park duty when a man fell from the back of his disability vehicle in his wheelchair and suffered a serious head injury.

Cadet Sgt Wilkinson took charge, radioing for a first aid kit and an ambulance and organising a line of cadets to direct the ambulance to the incident.

Cadet Richardson looked after the casualty’s wife and four-year-old son until the ambulance arrived.

They received the award for giving safe, effective and prompt action at a first aid incident.

Further awards recognising other Bury cadets went to Cadet Lawrence Miller as Cadet of the Year and Cadet Steffan Conway, who received best recruit trophy and best turned out cadet trophy.

Connor, of Suffolk Road, Bury, said: “It was a shock when it happened. I’d been in the car park all day just parking cars and all of sudden heard someone shouting help. The guy was on the ground and I couldn’t lift him by myself so I got some of the other cadets to come over. I kept talking to him to make sure he didn’t go unconscious.

“We get first aid training with St John Ambualnce at cadets and you couldn’t do that without that training.”

Connor, a pupil at County Upper School, is looking to either go to university or join the Army,

Callum, who is a student at King Edward V1 School, said: “I went to help as anyone would and could see this young child was crying and distressed about his dad so tried to get him out of the situation.”

Callum also wants to join the Army.