Lifesavers are real role models who show true nature of teens
A GROUP of school pupils have been nominated for the Rafe Chiles award for under 18s after rushing to the aid of an elderly man who fell ill on a bus.
Pupils from The Beaconsfield School, in Wattleton Road, Beaconsfield, were on a bus after school when shortly after setting off an elderly man with special needs had an epileptic fit.
Year 11 pupil Izzy Papworth, 15, rushed to the man’s aid and she was shortly joined by year 10 pupil Sam Burrows, 15.
Finding the man unresponsive Izzy got the bus driver to stop and a year nine pupil to call an ambulance, while Sam propped his head up.
She then spoke to ambulance control, as the bus driver did not speak English, and kept talking to the man until the ambulance arrived.
The duo were helped by two year nine pupils and year eight pupil Alicia Stocke.
Izzy said: “It was quite scary and a bit daunting as I’d never dealt with anyone having a fit or seizure before, but I knew I had to keep talking to
QUICK THINKING: Pupils Sam Burrows, 15, and Izzy Papworth, 15, helped an elderly man on a bus who had an epileptic fit him – I’ve seen enough medical programmes to know what I should do. It was just an in the moment thing. I’m pleased we were able to help him and I’m glad we were there.”
Izzy’s proud mother Allison said: “The other students were really supportive of Izzy and even the noisy younger students did as she asked and sat silently so she could hear the ambulance control’s instructions. Between them they kept the man safe until the paramedics arrived and took him to hospital.
“The students coped brilliantly with a very difficult situation and were a credit to the school.”
Head teacher John Fletcher said: “The students acted quickly to ensure the man was well cared for. Their actions meant ambulance staff were able to help him more quickly, which in turn meant that he made a quicker recovery.
“All the students, but especially Izzy and Sam, are real role models and show the true nature of teenagers.”