Recognition for teenager

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Quick thinking Doncaster student Thomas Heath has been recognized for outstanding service to the community by HRH The Princess Royal at a reception hosted by St John Ambulance.

Balby Carr Community Academy student Thomas Heath, 17, of the Doncaster Air Training Corps, used first aid to save a man who had fallen unconscious. While putting him in the recovery position, Thomas saw the man’s airway was blocked by his tongue and moved it, enabling him to breathe properly. He also treated his sister’s wounds following a dog attack.

Along with his award, Thomas received a commendation letter from South Yorkshire police. He said: “It is an honour, although I feel all I did was my duty as I would hope any citizen would do in the situation.

“I’m not a member of St John Ambulance but would advise anyone to gain basic first aid skills. It could mean life or death.”

Thomas’s commanding officer, pilot officer Adele Bradley, said: “Thomas is an excellent cadet whose effort in learning has helped in saving a gentleman’s life. It is recognition of the hard work the cadets and staff in my squadron put in to ensure all cadets achieve the most they can during their career.”

Each young person was able to meet and share volunteering experiences with HRH The Princess Royal – who has the official title of Commandant in Chief, Youth for St John Ambulance.

Wendy Human, director of Charitable Initiatives and Training at St John Ambulance, said: “The reception is a great way for us to recognise the commitment and outstanding work of these young people.” To find out about St John Ambulance’s youth programme, visitwww.sja.org.uk <http://www.sja.org.uk/>