Quick thinking saves a serious thinker
FOUR people who helped Shenton College student Jono Jones after he fell 8m from a tree have received Gold Medallion bravery awards.
Chloe Marsh, Kerenza Bristol, Nick Kirkham and Aspen Stuart-Cunningham were recognised for their bravery at the Royal Life Saving Western Power Bravery Awards on December 8.
Shenton College students Chloe Marsh and Kerenza Bristol saw Jonno drop from a tree at Lake Claremont in December 2013, when the branch he was holding snapped, causing him to fall and smack his head on a tree root.
“All we saw was like a shadow and then we just heard a thump, so we went running,” Kerenza said.
Chloe stayed with Jono, holding him still, while fellow classmate Aspen Stuart-Cunningham ran to get ice.
Kerenza and John XXIII College student Nick Kirkham called an ambulance and directed paramedics to the tree.
Princess Margaret Hospital surgeons immediately operated on Jono, removing a third of his skull to relieve the swelling of his brain.
After six days in a coma, he awoke in the neurology ward with no memory of the accident.
The teenager’s remarkable recovery stunned his teachers, especially after he took part in the World Scholars Tournament in March just 13 days after surgeons replaced the piece of his skull they had removed. “If I’d fallen any differently, I would have broken my back and been a paraplegic or be mentally disoriented,” he said.
Shenton College head of Academic Talent Program Chris Hill said the entire Shenton community was proud of what the students did to support Jono that day.
“We gain strength as a community when in a time of real need, one or more of our community members rise to a real challenge,” Mr Hill said.
“On the day that Jono got hurt, that is what they did – they were mature, calm, thought clearly and acted with speed.
“We are all eternally grateful to them and it is very fitting that they received the award.”