Honours for quick-acting cadets

THE life-saving skills of two teenage army cadets won them a prestigious national award.

When Ryan Speight and Michael Stanton saw a badly injured man staggering on Wombwell High Street last September, they acted swiftly...

The victim of a vicious attack had bad head injuries and was gushing blood from his nose and mouth. The cadets, then aged 15 and 16, quickly administered first aid and called for an ambulance. Then, when a second man collapsed as he got off a bus, they went to the rescue again, and alerted emergency services.

Ryan, 16, of Moorbridge Crescent, Brampton, and Michael, 17, of Valley Road, Swinton, both attend Wombwell detachment. Last weekend they received the St John Ambulance First Aider of the Year Award from Chief Officer Ian Mackenzie.

He said: “Each of the young people who have received this award has shown the importance of first aid in emergency situations. In some cases they have been the difference between a life lost and a life saved.”

Ryan is in his final year at Wath Comprehensive School and Michael is studying vehicle maintenance with the aim of becoming a mechanic. He was promoted to Sergeant in January. Major Tracie Colbridge from South Yorkshire Army Cadet Force said he was proud of both lads.