Crit­i­cal recog­ni­tion

Avon Valley Gazette - - OPINION -

FRANK Sul­tana says it is im­por­tant to recog­nise the reg­u­lar folk in our com­mu­nity who do amaz­ing acts and often go un­re­warded.

The 72- year- old re­tiree knows first- hand the life- chang­ing value of such ac­tions. Mr Sul­tana last year nom­i­nated his friend and work­mate John Healy be­cause Mr Healy helped save his life af­ter a grisly work­place ac­ci­dent.

The men were work­ing on a build­ing site in Carlisle when the equip­ment Mr Sul­tana was us­ing kicked back and cut the carotid artery on his neck.

“John’s the one that saved my life more or less,” Mr Sul­tana said. “He had a T- shirt around my neck and when the paramedics said to let go he said ‘ nup, I’m not go­ing to let go be­cause he has lost a lot of blood and if I let go, he’ll die right here’.

“John then said ‘ I’ll jump in the am­bu­lance with you and keep hold­ing the neck un­til we get to the hos­pi­tal and the doc­tor takes over’.”

Mr Sul­tana said he was re­cov­er­ing well from his phys­i­cal in­jury but the ex­pe­ri­ence had deeply af­fected Mr Healy and his mate de­served recog­ni­tion.

He urged peo­ple to con­sider wor­thy can­di­dates for this year’s St John WA Com­mu­nity Hero Awards, which hon­our in­di­vid­u­als who have dis­played enor­mous courage and ex­cep­tional judge­ment in help­ing a per­son through crit­i­cal first aid.

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt d465589

John Healy and Frank Sul­tana.

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