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