Award for first aid hero

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News -

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

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