Boys are mum’s heroes
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.