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Byline: Alison Dayani

WHEN plucky teenager Tom Ross spotted an injured child in a car crash on his bus journey home, he leapt into action, giving vital lifesaving checks until paramedics arrived.

And those minutes of help from Tom, aged just 15 at the time, could have proved the difference between life and death for the 11-year-old boy he rescued.

The injured youngster was lying with concussion in Woodcote Road, Erdington, after a car accident in November last year.

Tom, a St John Ambulance cadet from Erdington, supported the child's head and spine while checking for other injuries and rallied together bystanders to alert paramedics.

An ambulance crew even continued to work with Tom to get the child onto a spinal board and into the ambulance when they arrived. Now Tom has been named one of the country's Young First Aiders of the Year by St John Ambulance.

Now aged 16, he said: "I never imagined I'd actually use my first aid skills, but having helped rescue someone I am so proud that I knew what to do straight away. Learning first aid is something I would recommend to everybody. Winning this award means a lot to me and I am very proud."

David Page, Acting Incident Support Officer from West Midlands Ambulance Service, was called out to the accident and recommended Tom for an award writing: "This young man's professionalism, superb conduct and knowledge of first aid was greater than one would expect of a 15-year-old."

Research shows knowledge of first aid could help save 150,000 lives a year.

Yet two out of three Midlanders could not save a life in an emergency.

To find out how you can save lives contact St John's Ambulance's The Time Lost = Lives Lost campaign which includes a free guide. Text LIFE to 85010 or visit website: uk


Teenage hero: Cadet Tom Ross, now aged 16, from Erdington, who has been named Young First Aider of the Year by St John's Ambulance.
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Date:Jun 5, 2010
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