Rugby Air Cadet uses first aid skills to good effect
An Air Cadet put his first aid training to good use recently when an elderly man slipped and injured his head.
Cadet Jimmy Boughey, 16, was first on the scene after witnessing the man fall while walking down Dunsmore Avenue in Hillmorton.
He tended to him using first aid skills that he learned as an Air Cadet in the 29F (Rugby) Air Training Corps.
Cadet Boughey said: “I ran over to the gentleman and it was obvious that he had suffered an injury that would require professional attention.
“I applied direct pressure to a 5cm cut to the back of his head that was bleeding heavily whilst reassuring him. An ambulance was called by a bystander which arrived after about 25 minutes.
“I spoke at length to the injured gentlemen and his neighbour and tried to put their minds at ease while we waited for the ambulance to arrive.
“They asked where I had learnt first aid and I told them about my training at the squadron.
“It was fantastic to be able to put my first aid training to use. At no point did I feel unsure about what needed to be done. I am glad that the gentleman has made a full recovery.”
All cadets receive basic Heartstart training when they join their units and most, including Cadet Boughey, progress onto completing the St John Ambulance Junior First Aid Award.
First aid simulations are run frequently as part of activities and many cadets go further by representing their squadron in competitions across the region.
Squadron Commanding Officer, Flight Lieutenant Gillian Short, said: “I am extremely proud of the way Cadet Boughey handled the situation.
“We always put a lot of focus on first aid training at 29F Squadron and it has paid off here.
“I was able to speak to the gentleman concerned later that day and he was very complimentary of Cadet Boughey’s skills and the way he dealt with things.”