Teenage sea cadet uses first-aid skills to treat car crash woman
Tuesday 31st October 2017 @ 14:42 by Tom Greggan
News Stalybridge

A teenager from Stalybridge put the first-aid skills he learnt with the Sea Cadets to good use at the scene of a car crash last week.

Leading Cadet Jordan Connor was walking home from work on Friday October 27th when he saw a collision on Mottram Road. Having learnt first aid at Stockport Sea Cadets, the 17-year-old was able to spring into action.

After establishing the driver of one of the vehicles had no spinal or back injuries, Jordan helped her out of the car and treated her for shock and a head injury. A 95-year-old woman in one of the other cars was also helped out of her vehicle and treated for shock.

Jordan also spoke to the ambulance service on the phone, answering their questions. He was able to keep the two women calm until paramedics arrived, at which point he was described by one as “today’s hero”.

Apprentice fitness instructor Jordan is now keen to spread the importance of first aid and is encouraging other people to learn what could be vital lifesaving skills.

“I was the only one there who knew what to do, no one else knew how to act,” he said. “It was thanks to Sea Cadets that I was able to help. I have qualifications from my time there, and I was able to keep calm and act when it mattered.

“Everyone I have told has commented on what I did, and my mum was so proud when I told her. But I just did what anyone would, really, although I didn’t realise until a few hours afterwards the scale of it.”

Petty Officer (SCC) Phillip Guest, Officer in Charge at Stockport Sea Cadets, said: “Connor is one of our senior cadets. We are very proud of him at the unit, and are not surprised to hear of his actions at the scene of an accident.

“We, as a charity, give our cadets the skills and confidence, but it is the cadets as individuals who put these skills into action. Leading Cadet Connor is everything Sea Cadets promotes and he demonstrates the values at all times. As his Commanding Officer, I am proud to hear of his involvement in supporting people and giving assistance.”

Sea Cadets is a national youth charity, supported by volunteers, that offers young people activities such as first aid, kayaking, sailing, rowing, physical training, drill and band. There are 400 units across the UK.