Study in brav­ery

Joondalup Times - - NEWS - Lucy Jarvis

A KOONDOOLA stu­dent has re­ceived an award from his school recog­nis­ing his brav­ery in an emer­gency when he helped a man with stab wounds.

A KOONDOOLA stu­dent has re­ceived an award from his school for his brav­ery in an emer­gency.

Mercy Col­lege Year 11 stu­dent Dion Emin had been do­ing his work place­ment at Cafe Bellav­ista in East Perth in Novem­ber when he helped a 41-yearold man with stab wounds.

Dion said he was out­side wait­ing to be picked up when a man walked across from the park, hold­ing his chest and ask­ing him to call an am­bu­lance.

“As he came closer, he stum­bled to the ground,” the Dianella res­i­dent said.

“I ran in­side, told them to call an am­bu­lance and grabbed a towel.”

Dion said the man had a knife in his chest and six stab wounds, so he used the towel to stem the bleed­ing and kept talk­ing to him un­til emer­gency ser­vices ar­rived.

He said he had done first aid train­ing while in cadets, which helped him keep calm.

“I breathed slowly, then I went straight back into ac­tion and started help­ing him again,” he said.

Prin­ci­pal Julie Hornby said Dion’s ac­tions that night had shown his abil­ity to act on col­lege val­ues beyond school grounds.

“He pro­ceeded to help save a per­son’s life, recog­nis­ing that the value of hu­man life is in­trin­sic,” she said.

“Dion’s ac­tions are an ex­am­ple of show­ing ‘love in ac­tion’ in act­ing to save the life of an­other and there­fore car­ry­ing our Mercy val­ues into the wider com­mu­nity.”

In recog­ni­tion of his “courage and strength of will”, Dion re­ceived the school’s Ur­sula Frayne award for jus­tice and com­pas­sion at an assem­bly on De­cem­ber 4.

He said help­ing the man had been re­ward enough.

“He is alive; he came in to see me (at work) and say ‘thank you’,” he said.

Po­lice charged a Cloverdale woman (49) with in­tent to do griev­ous bod­ily harm in re­la­tion to the stab­bing.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey d489279

Dion Emin has re­ceived an award for help­ing a man with stab wounds.

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