10 December 2010
A young student with learning difficulties has received special recognition after putting his first aid skills to good use following a road traffic accident earlier this year.
Justin Noonan (21), from Shropshire, was presented with a Red Cross certificate on 8 December for his quick reactions after seeing a motorcyclist collide with a car earlier in the year.
Justin, who had previously attended an inclusive first aid training, recalled: “The rider went flying and hit the ground, so I called 999 on my mobile for the ambulance. He was badly hurt so I lifted his visor, but didn’t take the helmet off because he may have had neck injuries. I knew he was breathing. I waited with him until the ambulance arrived.”
Stephen Blake is Justin’s tutor at Derwen college, which caters for young people with learning difficulties and disabilities. He said: “We’re all very proud of Justin’s achievements, his composure and ability to react to the situation that presented itself.
He added: “I can’t praise highly enough the work of the Red Cross – and especially their first aid trainer, Margaret Chamberlain. The Red Cross really helps our students build their knowledge, awareness and confidence of what to do in an emergency.”
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