A CLIMBING CRANFORD
Dildo, Bay Roberts corps acknowledged in first aid competition
— 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.