Teenager earns reward for calm actions trying to save a life

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A teenage air cadet has been recognised by a first aid charity for trying to save a life in Spalding.

Cdt Cpl David Wait (17), of 1406 Sqn Spalding Air Cadets, has been presented with the St John Ambulance Young First Aider of the Year Award after leaping to action when he came across a man suffering a heart attack in June last year.

Having done first aid training at air cadets, David worked alongside an East Midlands Ambulance Service Emergency Care Practitioner and a LIVES (Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Emergency Service) Responder, who had also stopped to help, performing CPR and basic life support to the patient.

In between CPR cycles, he assisted with equipment and, when the East Midlands Ambulance Service arrived, David helped lift the patient onto the stretcher and cleared the area.

David, was just 16 at the time and in the middle of his GCSEs, one of which he sat the following day, but as a Corporal at Spalding Air Cadets, he had completed the third and final level of his first aid training just months before.

Fg Off Officer Angie Bone said: “We at the Squadron are all very proud of David’s 

“He showed extreme calm in a high pressure situation.

“Sadly, we found out afterwards that the gentleman had passed away, but what David did gave him the very best chances of survival.”

David was presented with the award as part of a special occasion earlier this month, when the squadron became one of the few visited in person by the Commandant of the Air Training Corp, Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty, during her two years in post.

David said: “I feel really proud to receive this award. When I saw the man I knew straight away that, as a trained first aider, I needed to help.

“I am so pleased that I had the chance to learn first aid at cadets; I think every young 
person should learn first 

“This incident has inspired me to want to pursue a career as a paramedic.”