A police cadet receives award for helping save a man’s life
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Volunteer Police Cadet, Luke Banner, has received a Royal Humane Society Award, after helping to save a man’s life earlier this year.
Luke, who is 16 years old, was teaching a first aid and CPR session in Chesterfield Town Centre on 4 March 2019, when a distressed member of the public ran in, seeking help on behalf of an elderly man who had collapsed in a nearby shop. Upon arrival the man was slumped across a checkout.
Luke conducted some initial checks to ensure the man was breathing, and then helped him to the ground, where he regained consciousness. Luke was concerned that the man may have had a cardiac arrest and made the decision to transfer the man to the room he was teaching in, as it was equipped with an automatic external defibrillator (AED).
Luke performed lifesaving interventions and the man’s condition thankfully improved. Whilst waiting for East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) to arrive, Luke kept the man calm by talking to him about his childhood, holding his hand and ultimately reassuring him that he was safe and everything was okay. Once EMAS arrived, they transferred him to the ambulance and took him to a local hospital.
Reflecting on the incident, Luke said “I would urge anyone reading this to learn first aid and life saving techniques. You never know when you might need to use them.
“I felt emotional at first, having just seen a man so gravely ill and requiring lifesaving interventions. Now I look back and I feel proud that I was in the right place at the right time. I didn’t panic and did what was needed to help save a life. Saving a life changes you, it makes you appreciate life more.”
Kathleen Banner, Luke’s mum, said “When Luke came home that day and told me what had happened and how he intervened to save a man’s life, at first I was in shock, but also, so very proud of him. Knowing that all the time and effort he has taken to learn first aid and CPR, has been a credit to him.”
“I nominated Luke for a Royal Humane Society award for his selfless act, which for him was nothing but the type of person he is; a selfless and kind person, who is always willing to help people in anyway he can. I am very proud to have a son like Luke.”
PC Sarah Godber, Luke’s Cadet Coordinator at Chesterfield, said “When Cadet Banner told me about what had happened I was completely blown away. For anybody, let alone such a young man, this is a lifechanging moment; I am incredibly proud of him. He is dedicated in whatever he does and is a real role model for what we stand for. A very big well done, Luke.”