Life­savers are real role mod­els who show true na­ture of teens

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - PRIDE OF BUCKS 2015 -

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.”

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