School boys commended for actions

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Tuesday 20th May 2014 – 3.00pm – Suzie Fothergill.

Two teenagers from St. Margaret Ward Catholic Academy in Tunstall have been praised by West Midlands Ambulance Service after stopping to help at an incident in Kidsgrove.

Jordan Burton and Daniel French of Trinity Sixth Form have been presented with Chief Officer Commendation Awards following the incident. The boys were en route to lessons at University Academy Kidsgrove when they witness an elderly lady take a nasty fall.

It was heavily raining on the day of the incident and without any encouragement the two boys removed their coats and covered the patient with their jackets to ensure she kept warm and as dry as possible. They stayed with the woman and her husband until the ambulance crew arrived.

When the ambulance crew arrived, the two boys stayed on scene and helped to assist the crew whilst they stabilised the patient.

Talking about the incident, Paramedic, George Shakeshaft said: “I would like to take the opportunity to thank both of the boys for all their help. My crew mate, Andrew, and I were extremely grateful to the boys, not only for their assistance to us on that day, but for the help and compassion shown to the lady and her husband in such difficult circumstances.”

The boys were been presented with their surprise awards during their school assembly on Monday 19th May.

Head of Sixth Form at St Margaret Wards, Mrs Rhodes said: “The way in which Jordan and Dan acted on this occasion comes as no surprise to the staff who have known them throughout their time at St Margaret Ward and the Trinity Sixth Form. Their compassion and responsibility embodies the ethos of the school and we are delighted that their actions have been recognised.”

Paramedic Area Support Officer, John Bourne, presented the boys with their certificates. John said: “It was a pleasure to award both of these boys with their Chief Officers Commendations, they did an excellent job. During the presentation one of the pupils expressed an interest in taking on a career as a paramedic; hopefully his experience from this incident, teamed up with this award will spur him on to pursue his career. We’d like to wish both Jordan and Daniel all the very best and, once again, thank them for their actions.”


Pictured (right to left): Daniel French, John Bourne (WMAS Area Support Officer), Jordan Burton and Chris Smith (Head Teacher).

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