September 6th, 2016

Brave people of Stratford are honoured by West Midlands Ambulance Service

QUICK-THINKING staff have been honoured after going to the rescue of a rower who had suffered a heart attack.

Robert Smith, Sandra Holt and Adam Hughes all played a part in helping a senior member of Stratford Boat Club after he suffered a heart attack and his single skull capsized during an early evening row on the Avon in July.

Front of House staff Adam saw the incident unfolding and sounded the alarm to Sandra who works at the stage door.

She sent the theatre defibrillator across the river with another member of the boat club.

Robert – who is a fireman at the theatre – ran to help.

All three were commended for their swift actions and help, and Robert collected a Chief Officer Commendation on behalf of the theatre, at the West Midlands Abulabnce Service’s Excellence in the Community Awards.

Other awards were also presented to local people:

Barry Cattan from Stratford has five years experience as a Community First Responder and was the first on scene to a four year-old in difficulty in a swimming pool in Morocco.

There was no defibrillator at the hotel and the ambulance that arrived did not have a paramedic on board.

Barry and another tourist from the fire service based in Ireland moved the boy and continued CPR en-route to hospital.

He received a Chief Officer Commendation for his actions in the most demanding of situations.

Mark Axeby was presented the Distinguished Service Award for always going the extra mile as a Community First Responder.

Hailing from Long Compton, he has just over one years service as a CFR, and has made so much of an impression  emergency crews are reassured to see him at call outs.

Community First Responder Kate Hardwicke, who passed away in June, was posthumously honoured with an award dedicated to her memory.

In 2011 she was awarded a Chief Officer Commendation. She was a key part of the Long Compton CFR Scheme and a dedicated and well-respected first responder in her home village of Brailes.

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