A TEENAGER from Stalybridge believes first-aid training ought to be compulsory in schools after putting the skills he learnt with the Sea Cadets to good use at the scene of a car crash.
Leading Cadet Jordan Connor was walking home from work at Gymetc, where he is an apprentice fitness instructor, when he came across the collision on Mottram Road.
And having learnt first aid at Stockport Sea Cadets, the 17-year-old was able to spring into action.
Jordan, a former pupil at Stalyhill Primary and West Hill High School, is now keen to spread the importance of first aid and is encouraging other people to learn what could be vital life-saving skills.
He said: “I was the only one there who knew what to do, no one else knew how to act.
“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.
“I think first aid should be taught in schools and other places of education because you never know when it may be needed as a parent or guardian.
“This is the one and only time I have needed it, but it is important to know what to do when dealing with an emergency.”
Looking back, Jordan, who lives on Mottram Road, added it was fate that he was on the scene: “I was due to leave work at noon, but was delayed until 1.30pm.
“I was walking home when I came across the accident and went straight into action. It took a moment to realise what was happening.
“Initially I thought I didn’t have a clue what to do, but then everything I had done in training kicked in.”
After establishing the driver of one of the vehicles had no spinal or back injuries, he 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.
“There was a smell coming from one of the cars so there was a need to get the occupants out quickly and safely because of the risk it could catch fire,” Jordan continued.
He 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”.
“Everyone I have told has commented on what I did, and my mum was so proud when I told her,” he said.
“But I just did what anyone would, 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: “Leading Cadet 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.
“We, as a charity, give our cadets the skills and confidence, but it is the cadets as individuals who put these skills into action.
“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.
Jordan, who joined the Sea Cadets on his 10th birthday, is also in the Royal Navy reserves that are based in Leeds and he is due to join the Navy full time in March. He is to work in logistics.