Thursday 10th September 2009 by C. Freeman
Quick thinking Mercedes Britton helped out at a recent road traffic accident and was commended for her actions. The student, who is in Year 13, came across a man lying injured on a pavement after apparently having been hit by a motorcycle. She and her parents stayed at the scene until an ambulance arrived, assisting the paramedic, guiding traffic and helping lift the patient into the ambulance.
Mercedes used first aid skills that she learned as an army cadet in E Company Corby III detachment. Her detachment commander was so pleased with her quick thinking that her story is now on their website and also being used on the national Army Cadet site as an example of initiative and clear thinking.
She said: 'It was mainly treating shock, I kept him still and he kept going in and out of consciousness. All I really did was keep him calm and got him to squeeze my hand because he couldn't talk by this time and the ambulance was already on his way. Looking back it was quite scary but at the time I knew exactly what to do.'
Lt Sean Smales of III Corby said: 'This incident shows everything that is good about the Army Cadet Force. Cadet Sgt Britton's actions in this real-life situation confirm that the first aid training we provide for our cadets can really help.'
She also received praise from paramedic Michael Rowlatt: 'Mercedes was a great help to me and continued to reassure and comfort the patient, who was in a critical condition, while I started treatment. She stayed very calm throughout and assisted me with the immobilisation of the patient. Mercedes continued to help until the ambulance crew arrived … her assistance was greatly appreciated.'