Medal for hero grandad from Buntingford
PUBLISHED: 08:33 31 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:17 20 February 2013
A grandfather has received a medal from St John Ambulance for his part in a dramatic lifesaving rescue.
A GRANDFATHER has received a medal from St John Ambulance for his part in a dramatic lifesaving rescue.
David Mitchell, 64, from Buntingford, was part of a group of people who sprang into action last summer when a car crashed through a brick wall and came to rest precariously at the edge of a Cambridgeshire river.
David, himself a trained St John Ambulance first-aider who first joined the charity in 1966, led the rescue of the driver in the vehicle and administered first aid at the scene.
And on April 8, watched by granddaughter Chloe Edwards, 11, who is herself a member of St John Ambulance, David collected the prestigious Life Saving Medal of the Order of St John.
David was visiting Houghton Mill in July last year when he heard a car crash and ran to the assistance of the driver. He crawled into the car to reach the unconscious patient and then shouted for further help from anyone in the area.
He said, Instantly, I realised that the mans life was in danger as the water was rising and I knew there was a real risk of the car flipping and potentially taking us both under.
After checking his responses and airways, I shouted for further assistance and with the help of the bystanders we had the man on the river bank and I was able to check for injuries. He quickly gained consciousness and incredibly only suffered a few cuts and a nose bleed.
In training we are always told not to put our own lives in danger, but with goose bumps and shaking hands there was no way I was going to leave the man in the car to drown.