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Volunteer in award for saving teen’s life

A GRANDFATHER whose cool head saved the life of a teenage cricket player has received a special award.

A GRANDFATHER whose cool head saved the life of a teenage cricket player has received a special award.

Terry Flower, from Dorridge, received the Chief Officer Commendation at West Midlands Ambulance Service’s Volunteer Awards.

A volunteer with Fast-Aid, the charity that supports full-time paramedics, he was called to Dorridge Cricket Club in June.

A 19-year-old had collapsed and gone into cardiac arrest and Terry had to use a defibrillator and CPR on the stricken teenager.

When the ambulance crews arrived, the player was taken to Solihull Hospital and has since made a good recovery.

“When something like that happens your training just kicks in, that’s what you’ve been prepared for,” said 64-year-old Terry.

“It’s always gratifying to know you’ve made a difference. As Fast-Aid volunteers we’re usually the first people on the scene.”

Terry joined Fast-Aid three years ago after the team arrived on his doorstep to treat his father-in-law.

“He had collapsed while he was visiting our house and we dialled 999. As it happened the first people through the door were Fast-Aid first responders.

“It was remarkable how quickly they turned up and obviously I realised how important their job was.”

Fast-Aid was set up in Solihull in 2005 and has since been rolled out to other parts of the West Midlands.

Ten volunteers in Knowle, Monkspath, Hockley Heath, Shirley and Solihull respond to some 500 emergency calls each year.

Fast-Aid’s Community First Responder team were also honoured at the award’s ceremony held at West Midlands Safari Park.

Samantha Jackson, Terry, Yvonne McHugh and Tim Atherton were called up to collect the Distinguished Service Award.

 

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