Quick-thinking cadet praised

Katherine Johnson
Katherine Johnson

AN ILKESTON schoolgirl has been praised for her quick thinking and actions after she saw a man collapse in the street.

Katherine Johnson was waiting for a bus when she realised the man was having a seizure.

The St John Ambulance Cadet, who was just 13-years-old at the time, leapt into action and put him in the recovery position before raising the alarm at nearby Ilkeston Community Hospital.

As a result of her actions Katherine, now 14, was awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation during a St John Ambulance presentation evening.

The St John Houghton School student, said: “I joined St John Ambulance a couple of years ago because I wanted to do something to help people.

“I was glad of my St John training because otherwise I wouldn’t have known what to do, I’m just pleased that I was able to help someone who needed it.”

The man was taken to Ilkeston Community Hospital and later discharged after treatment.

Presenting her award, Clive Dennis, Commissioner for Operations for SJA Derbyshire, said: “Katherine richly deserves this commendation.

“Up to 150,000 people die each year in situations where first aid could have given them a chance to live, that’s a frightening statistic.

“Katherine’s actions show how, with a little training, anyone can be the difference when someone needs help.”