Grace un­der pres­sure NOM­I­NATE YOUR ST JOHN COM­MU­NITY HERO

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Business -

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

DEAD­LINE:

Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 14

WIN­NERS AN­NOUNCED:

Fe­bru­ary, 2017

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.”

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