Training kicks in as man’s life is saved by corporals
Corporals David Brevitt, Lee Cupples and Dale Hadfield were leading a teaching exercise at Barossa Training Area when they stumbled across Steve Isherwood on Thursday October 19.
Mr Isherwood has been walking his dog near the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst when he collapsed and became “completely unresponsive”.
The corporals, who were leading new recruits from 96 Duke of Gloucester Squadron, immediately called emergency services when they found Mr Ish- erwood, who was “clearly in desperate need of urgent medical attention”.
It did not take long for the soldiers’ military experience to kick in though, and after realising the seriousness of the situation they placed Mr Isherwood into one of their sleeping bags and under a poncho to make a makeshift tent.
The trio then sent back the grid reference of their location to ensure paramedics could quickly find them, before escorting the ambulance to the patient.
Mr Isherwood, who previously served in the Royal Army Dental Corps, was rushed to Frimley Park Hospital where he remained for several days for treatment.
The former soldier said: “It was raining and very cold that day. I think I was suffering from the early stages of hypothermia.”
He continued: “I am profoundly grateful for the exemplary way the three soldiers handled such a difficult situation that could have been a lot worse. It would be fair to say they managed to prevent it becoming a lifethreatening situation.”
Major Pierre Goate, Officer Commanding 96 Squadron, added: “The communication between those out in the field and the staff running the incident control point back at base was fantastic.
“The quick actions of the three corporals in commanding the situation were superb.”