Police Praise Doncaster Cadet Who Saved Stranger
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By Flt Lt M Bulmer - 103 (Doncaster ) Squadron
Thomas Heath’s quick thinking and first aid skills helped an unconscious stranger who wasn’t breathing.
Cadet flight Sergeant Thomas Heath was on his way home from 103 (Doncaster) Squadron when he passed an unconscious man laid on the floor.
Thomas quickly remembered his first aid qualifications he had received with the air cadets, which included the British Heart Foundation Heartstart award, St Johns Ambulance Youth First Air course and Activity First Aid.
He cleared some space around the gentleman and discovered his tongue was obstructing his airway. Working quickly, he managed unblock this and the individual restarted breathing.
The paramedics then arrived to take over the treatment and take the man to hospital to recover.
After the incident Chief Superintendant Richard Tweed, Doncaster District Commander for South Yorkshire Police wrote to Thomas after his officer witnessed him deliver this life saving first aid.
In this letter, he commented: “My officers attended this incident and you assisted the collapsed male. As a result of your continued efforts the male began to breathe for himself at which point the South Yorkshire Ambulance Service arrived and provided further assistance.
“The male was then conveyed to hospital where his is now recovering. It is without a doubt your quick thinking and immediate action to administer first aid saved this mans life.
“On behalf of the officers concerned I would like to thank you for your public spirited actions on this occasion.”
Fligth Lieutenant Matt Bulmer, Officer Commanding Doncaster air Cadets further commented: “I’m very proud that Tom acted in a cool and calm manner when administering first aid in this clearly life or death situation. His actions were of a textbook nature exactly how he was trained. To step up to the mark when he could have panicked or just simply walked on by, is truly exceptional and is to be highly commended!”