Boys are mum’s he­roes

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Street Watch -

IT may be a term more as­so­ci­ated with footy but “any­one, any­where, any time” cer­tainly rang true for Rearhn Cen­tis and his mate Ai­dan Sadler.

The two boys sprang into ac­tion when Rearhn’s mum, Natasha, rushed into the lounge room and in­ter­rupted their com­puter games, un­able to breathe or com­mu­ni­cate be­cause she had a large chunk of chicken lodged in her throat.

The seven-year-olds be­gan de­liv­er­ing back blows be­tween her shoul­der blades and even­tu­ally dis­lodged the chicken.

It’s to hon­our ev­ery­day he­roes such as Rearhn and Ai­dan, and other higher-pro­file life­savers – in­clud­ing Esper­ance shark at­tack vic­tim Sean Pol­lard’s res­cuers – that St John Am­bu­lance in­tro­duced its an­nual Com­mu­nity He­roes Awards.

Re­flect­ing last week on the chok­ing mo­ment that even­tu­ally earned her son and his mate com­mu­nity he­roes hon­ours, Ms Cen­tis said she still felt ab­so­lutely blessed.

“I want to seize ev­ery mo­ment be­cause what hap­pened to me last year shows how frag­ile life can be and I am grate­ful even for the small mo­ments and the lit­tle things my son and I do to­gether,” she said.

“Rearhn and I have a deep bond as we al­ways have. He has a sense of ma­tu­rity and we’ve got each other’s back and I know I can rely on him de­spite the fact he is still quite young.”

St John chief ex­ec­u­tive Tony Ah­ern said the com­mu­nity he­roes awards recog­nised peo­ple who had shown skill, self­less­ness and brav­ery to save a life.

“Decisive and fast ac­tion can have a sig­nif­i­cant pos­i­tive im­pact on a per­son’s sur­vival and re­cov­ery,” Mr Ah­ern said.

Award win­ners will an­nounced on Novem­ber 25.

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