Grace under pressure NOMINATE YOUR ST JOHN COMMUNITY HERO
TO many, Lara Alban embodies the qualities of a hero.
On a cool night in September 2015, Lara’s instincts kicked in when she ran to help her mother Shauna who had been kicked in the face by a horse and had fallen to the ground unconscious and bleeding.
Lara rang 000 and used her Tshirt to apply pressure to the bleeding before paramedics arrived. Her efforts resulted in a 2015 St John Community Hero Award.
This year, as an ambassador for the awards, she wants to ensure other heroes get deserved recognition.
“The awards are great because they commemorate people who do great things,” Lara said. Complete the form at www.stjohnambulance. com.au
Wednesday, December 14
St John Community Hero Awards are awarded to people who have displayed exceptional judgement and skill to deliver care to someone in a medical emergency.
“Saving a life through decisive and fast action is incredibly heroic,” St John chief executive Tony Ahern said.
“Winners of the Community Hero Awards are recognised for acts deemed by the judging panel to be selfless, courageous and which provided a significant benefit to the member of the public being aided.”
Lara’s mother Shauna, now recovered from the accident, has maintained her love for horses and remains full of praise for her daughter.
“I am in awe of Lara’s actions on that night,” she said.
“She remained calm throughout the incident and I am very proud of the way she handled the situation.
“I don’t know many 11-yearolds could have handled a situation like that with such level-headedness, including using the light from my mobile phone to help guide the paramedics to the scene.”