Life Saving Air Cadet Receives Award

09 Feb 2017

Air Cadet Flight Sergeant Chris Falkingham, 17, from 161 (1st Highland) Squadron Inverness is awarded a Royal Humane Society Resuscitation Certificate for the key role he played in saving a life in May 2016.

Chris had been walking in Inverness city centre with his grandparents when he became aware of an elderly lady on the floor having breathing difficulties.

He offered assistance to a nurse who also had gone to the aid of the lady and explained that he was First Aid qualified. Shortly after an accident and emergency doctor, who was passing, took control of the situation and diagnosed the lady as having a cardiac arrest.

Chris and the nurse started cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) under the doctors supervision. He had been taught how to do CPR whilst completing his Heart Start training on his squadron.

He continued the CPR until the ambulance arrived when he then supported the ambulance crew by using the ventilation bag whilst the crew prepared the defibrillation equipment.

The lady went to hospital and made a full recovery. The doctor in the accident and emergency department in Inverness noted that this high-quality bystander CPR was undoubtedly a factor in the ultimate recovery of the patient.

The lady herself stated that she considers Chris to be a brave and selfless young man who helped save her life.

Pilot Officer Lesley-Anne Robertson RAFVR(T), the Officer Commanding 161 (1st Highland) Squadron said: "We are extremely proud of Chris. He acted so maturely in such a stressful situation, keeping his composure and putting into practice what he has learnt over the years as a cadet. He is a fantastic role model to the younger cadets at the squadron".

This is the first time and Air Cadet has been awarded a Royal Humane Society Resuscitation certificate. The award was presented to Chris by Air Commodore McCafferty, Commandant of the Air Cadets, on Saturday 28th January 2017 at Tayside Aviation as part of the 'Flying Aces' launch event.

Air Commodore McCafferty said: "As Commandant of the RAF Air Cadets it makes me extremely proud to see cadets use skills they have learnt within the organisation to benefit others and save lives."

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