Award for first aid hero
A quick-thinking Airdrie army cadet has received a national first aid commendation for coming to the aid of an elderly woman who had collapsed.
Ross Kay had been collecting money for his paper round one evening last September when he noticed that the front door of one of his regular customers, a lady who lived alone, was lying open.
The concerned teenager, who is a staff sergeant at 3 Troop Royal Engineers (Airdrie), called out to see if anyone was home – and heard the woman cry out for help.
He found her lying on the floor in a confused and alarmed state, having only just regained consciousness.
Ross immediately dialled 999 for an ambulance, placed the lady in the recovery position and remained with her until paramedics arrived a short while later. The medical staff praised him for his quick thinking and were impressed at his abilities.
The army cadet was recently presented with a letter of appreciation from St John Ambulance by Glasgow and Lanarkshire battalion commandant Colonel Alex McNamee.
Ross said:“We get taught first aid from the minute we join army cadets. You never expect to actually use it but when a situation arises, everything just clicks into place and the training takes over.”
His commanding officer, 2nd Lieutenant Cammy Green, added: “We’re extremely proud of Ross; and it’s a testament to the work we do with our cadets that they’re able to keep a cool head in a stressful situation like that and help others.”
Well-deserved Cadet Ross Kay receives his commendation from battalion commandant Alex McNamee