18 ordinary Victorians including three children and several workmates who performed extraordinary acts in medical emergencies over the past 12 months were recently recognised by Ambulance Victoria.
The 2016 Ambulance Victoria Community Hero Awards were presented at a ceremony at Queen’s Hall, Parliament House, on December 1st.
Our award recipents were aged as young as 10 and came from both metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.
In a medical emergency it is often what people do before paramedics arrive that can make a real difference. The 18 Victorians who received an award made a lasting difference. They stepped in to help a friend, family member or stranger in a time of need. Their actions have led to lives being and saved and more positive health outcomes being achieved.
The emergencies included:
13-year-old Taylah who called for an ambulance and gave first aid to her mother and sister after they were involved in a motorcycle accident
12-year-old James who recognised his mother was having a stroke and called Triple Zero (000)
A hockey player saved by an umpire and team mate after he collapsed during a game