Young Heroes from Enderby recognised for swift first aid action

A young brother and sister from Enderby have been commended by the Chief Constable for giving first aid to a man who had collapsed in the street.

Nine-year-old Jack Armson and his 13-year-old sister Jess were being driven home in March by their Mum, Gayle, when they saw what they thought was a blanket on the pavement on Mill Lane.

When they realised it was in fact someone lying on the floor they stopped and Jack and Jess leapt out to see if they could help.

Jack, who had just done first aid training with Cubs, shouted to his sister to put the man, who was unconscious, in the recovery position. Gayle rang the ambulance service and Jess was able to give the details of the man’s injuries to the call handler.

By this time a considerable traffic jam had built up and Jack spent time going from car to car telling motorists what had happened and why there was a delay and that they needed to make way for the ambulance. Jess even looked after three children while their Mum talked to the paramedics.

Mum Gayle said: “I was so proud of Jack and Jess, particularly of the way they remained calm and took on important tasks. Both myself and husband Neil feel that Jack’s time at Cubs had a lot to do with how well he managed in the unexpected situation, not only from the first aid training but also from the general values of cubs including helping others and taking responsibility.”

Jack’s Cub Scout Leader, Sarah Paget, from 38th Leicester – Narborough and Enderby Scout group, wrote to the Chief Constable, Simon Cole who is Vice President of the Scouts Association, because she felt Jack and Jess deserved some recognition for their actions. Mr Cole invited them both for a tour of force headquarters and presented them with a certificate thanking them for helping the man in such a calm and mature manner.

Simon Cole handed them their certificates by saying “You both should be really proud of yourselves. You acted selflessly and we thank you for your help.”

The children, who had been told they were leaving school for a dentist appointment, were thrilled to discover what was in store for them when they arrived at HQ. Jack described his afternoon as “amazing”.

Jack and Jess had a tour of the Dogs Unit. Learning about police dog training, breeding and met a selection of the dogs. They then walked over to the Firearms Unit, to be shown a demonstration of the firearms and tasers.

The trip concluded by meeting Lord Lieutenant, Mr Mike Kapur, who was attending the Investiture to present the Police Officers with their Long Service & Good Conduct medals.

Lord Lieutenant is also chairman of the National Space Centre and after speaking to Jack about his current space project at school, has invited the family to spend the day there with a free family day ticket.