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Mossley resident recognised with award after helping injured little boy
Monday 28th November 2016 @ 12:00 by Adam Higgins
Community Mossley & Saddleworth

A trainee lifeguard from Mossley has been recognised along with colleagues with an award after helping to save a young boy who was knocked down by a car. 

When four-year-old Oliver Smethurst was ran over and critically injured in the road outside the Chadderton Wellbeing Centre, most people would just ring the ambulance and wait for the paramedics to come and do their job – but not Caol Liddy and his work mates.

Caol, a Mossley resident, who was working only his second shift at the Wellbeing Centre, rushed out when he heard someone had been injured and, as a then trainee lifeguard, his training kicked in automatically.

He told the Reporter: “We saw the boy on the floor, he was on the pavement, and it was his mother’s instinct to get him out of the road, out of the situation.

“I saw the boy on the floor, crying and there was lots of blood. We phoned the paramedics and us as a team sustained him. We had foil blankets around him and bandage to supress the blood.

“I was trying to keep the mother calm as well, telling her that everything was going to be alright, making sure she was calm and had something to drink.”

Shirley Davey, Oliver’s mother, was also with her daughters and they were all taken into the Wellbeing Centre to calm down as the whole ordeal left them very shaken up and distressed.

Caol added: “They were in tears and I was trying to comfort her while they were inside the building, we didn’t want to let her go outside and see the boy as we didn’t think it would be good for her.

“The lads who were driving the car that ran him over were horrified, so we took care of them as well. Telling them it was going to be okay, they couldn’t process what had happened really.”

Both Caol and the team of lifeguards were kept up to date with what was happening with Oliver.

Only three weeks after the incident in which his had fractured his skull in three places, broke both legs and had to have his thigh bones pinned together, his mother let the team know that he was up and walking.

After all the help the family received from the group of lifeguard, Shirley nominated Caol and his colleagues for the prestigious Pride of Oldham award.

They were presented with the Special Achievements award at the Pride of Oldham ceremony, which took place on November 18.

Caol said: “I just feel like we were doing our jobs as lifeguards, but I just feel very privileged to get this award.

“I would’ve hoped that anyone else would’ve done what we did that night.”

Caol and the other life guards have also been nominated for an award in the Top Award, a scheme for Oldham Council employees.

By Misha Solanki