Girls come to aid of man in need

Step­sis­ters help man who had col­lapsed while oth­ers walked by

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS - By Joel Lamy Twit­ter: @PTJoelLamy 01733 588728

Two girls came to the aid of a man who had col­lapsed and was be­ing ig­nored by fel­low passers-by.

Natalie Jef­frey (13) and Dakota Den­nis (11) were on their way back to their home in The Dell, Wood­ston, on Wed­nes­day last week when they spot­ted the stricken man in an al­ley­way near the ceme­tery.

But, while oth­ers walked by or even took a photo, Dakota went to find a friend to help while Natalie stayed by the man’s side un­til paramedics ar­rived.

Dakota said: “I went round to a friend’s house and got them to call the am­bu­lance be­cause the man had col­lapsed.

“I was re­ally scared about what to do.

“There were loads of peo­ple just walk­ing past and did not care there was a man on the floor.”

Natalie said: “Ev­ery­body was walk­ing around and I felt sorry for him.”

Col­lette Smith, who is Dakota’s mother and Natalie’s step­mother, said: “I’m re­ally proud of them. I was re­ally shocked they could not get any­body who was nearby to stop.

“They were quite dis­tressed be­cause they found some­body on a heap on the floor.

“They tried to get peo­ple to stop. That’s my con­cern, that it took chil­dren to stop and do some­thing.

“My step­daugh­ter stayed with the gen­tle­man and my daugh­ter ran down New Road to a friend of ours.

“She came out and helped get the paramedics.

“There was a pic­ture a lit­tle bit later on Face­book of the man on the floor. The per­son who posted it thought it was funny.”

Col­lette said the girls had never been told what to do in a sce­nario like this, which made their ac­tions all the more im­pres­sive.

She added: “We have never said ‘if you see some­one in­ves­ti­gate and see if they are okay’. They took it upon them­selves to stop and see if he was okay and got some help.

“We were not ex­pect­ing them to have to do that. I’m so proud they were able to do the right thing.”

A spokeswoman for the East of Eng­land Am­bu­lance Ser­vice said: “We re­ceived a call at 4.29pm on Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 23 from a mem­ber of the public to help a man who had re­port­edly col­lapsed.

“An am­bu­lance and a rapid re­sponse ve­hi­cle at­tended. The man was checked over and dis­charged from the scene.”

Dakota Den­nis (left) and Natalie Jef­frey.

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