FRANK Sultana says it is important to recognise the regular folk in our community who do amazing acts and often go unrewarded.
The 72-year-old retiree knows first-hand the life-changing value of such actions. Mr Sultana last year nominated his friend and workmate John Healy because Mr Healy helped save his life after a grisly workplace accident.
The men were working on a building site in Carlisle when the equipment Mr Sultana was using kicked back and cut the carotid artery on his neck.
“John’s the one that saved my life more or less,” Mr Sultana said.
“He had a T-shirt around my neck and when the paramedics said to let go he said: ‘Nup, I’m not going to let go because he has lost a lot of blood and if I let go, he’ll die right here’.
“John then said ‘I’ll jump in the ambulance with you and keep holding the neck until we get to the hospital and the doctor takes over’.”
Mr Sultana said he was recovering well from his physical injury but the experience had deeply affected Mr Healy and his mate certainly deserved recognition.
“If I was rich, I would send him on a holiday,” he said.
He urged people to consider worthy candidates for this year’s St John WA Community Hero Awards, which honour individuals who have displayed enormous courage and exceptional judgement in helping a person through critical first aid.
John Healy and Frank Sultana.