Dildo, Bay Roberts corps ac­knowl­edged in first aid com­pe­ti­tion

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— Amelia Cran­ford of 209 Great Eastern sea cadets in Dildo is seen tak­ing part in a rock-climb­ing ex­er­cise dur­ing the 13th Dar­rell Cronin Memo­rial First Aid Com­pe­ti­tion at 9 Wing Gan­der on Jan. 18. Some 89 cadets took part in the com­pe­ti­tion, vy­ing for the Cronin Memo­rial Cup. The cup is awarded by the Parares­cue As­so­ci­a­tion to the New­found­land and Labrador to a cadet team that demon­strates the best per­for­mance in a prac­ti­cal sce­nario and writ­ten exam in the an­nual pro­vin­cial first aid com­pe­ti­tion. The event is held in hon­our of St. John’s na­tive Dar­rell Cronin. Cronin, a search and res­cue tech­ni­cian, died on Oct. 2, 1998 when a Cana­dian Forces Labrador he­li­copter from 413 Res­cue Squadron based at Green­wood, NS, crashed while re­turn­ing from a mis­sion, killing all six on board. The crash oc­curred in Que­bec’s Gaspe re­gion. The com­pe­ti­tion is held to in­crease cadet knowl­edge of first aid, pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for cri­tiquing their skills and to pro­mote good safety habits dur­ing the per­for­mance of first aid pro­ce­dures.

An an­nual first aid com­pe­ti­tion for pro­vin­cial cadets proved to be quite suc­cess­ful for teams from the Trin­ity-Con­cep­tion re­gion.

The 13th an­nual Dar­rell Cronin Memo­rial First Aid Com­pe­ti­tion was held dur­ing the week­end of Jan. 18-19. Some 89 cadets gath­ered at 9 Wing Gan­der Cana­dian Forces Base to demon­strate their skills and knowl­edge in first aid.

The cadet groups, which con­sisted of air, army and sea, com­peted for the pres­ti­gious Cronin Memo­rial Cup, an award given by the Parares­cue As­so­ci­a­tion to the pro­vin­cial cadet team who demon­strates the best per­for­mance In a prac­ti­cal sce­nario, as well as a writ­ten exam.

Two teams from Trin­ity-Con­cep­tion walked away with awards.

The 209 RCSCC Great Eastern Sea Cadets team of three from Dildo earned two awards — the best new team award and the top sea cadet corps. The three mem­bers of the team in­cluded Chief Petty Of­fi­cer First Class Stephen Day-Reid, Chief Petty Of­fi­cer Se­cond Class Kayla Crocker and Chief Petty Of­fi­cer Se­cond Class Amelia Cran­ford.

The Bay Roberts team from 2372 North Avalon RCACC army cadets earned the top army cadet corps ti­tle. Those on the Bay Roberts team were War­rant Of­fi­cer Joseph Hutchings, War­rant Of­fi­cer Re­becca Power and Master Cor­po­ral Julie Ka­vanagh.

The event is in hon­our of for­mer Cana­dian Forces search and res­cue tech­ni­cian Dar­rell Cronin from St. John’s. Cronin lost his life, along with five oth­ers, in a he­li­copter crash. He was a mem­ber of Res­cue Squadron 413 based at Green­wood, Nova Sco­tia. The he­li­copter was on its way back from a mis­sion when it crashed in Que­bec.

The com­pe­ti­tion is held ev­ery year to as­sist cadets in be­com­ing more fa­mil­iar with first aid pro­ce­dures, and al­low them to im­prove their skills and knowl­edge through com­pe­ti­tion.

Award win­ning teams and in­di­vid­u­als from the 2014 com­pe­ti­tion in­clude:

• Top over­all exam score — Chief Petty Of fi­cer First Class Cyril Coombs from 184 RCSCC Curl­ing from Cor­ner Brook;

• Esprit de Corps — two teams win the award, 121 RCSCC Mary Rose team from Marystown and 2415 Gon­zaga RCACC from St. John’s;

• Most im­proved —184 RCSCC Curl­ing from Cor­ner Brook;

• Best new team —209 RCSCC Great Eastern from Dildo;

• Top army cadet corps — 2372 North Avalon RCACC from Bay Roberts;

• Top air cadet squadron — 537 Gan­der Royal Cana­dian Air Cadet Squadron;

• Top sea cadet corps — 209 RCSCC Great Eastern from Dildo; and

• Top over­all team — 184 RCSCC Curl­ing from Cor­ner Brook.

Photo by Matt Molloy/TC Me­dia

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