Upminster Scout, 16, receives medal for attempting to save a dying motorcyclist
PUBLISHED: 14:57 12 March 2015 | UPDATED: 09:34 13 March 2015
Sam Taylor was praised by London’s Air Ambulance for “acting with such courage in what was clearly a very difficult and distressing situation.”
A 16-year-old scout has received the Medal of Meritorious Conduct for his courageous attempt to save a dying motorcyclist.
Sam Taylor, who studies at Hall Mead School, Upminster, was given the award on Wednesday by Hornchurch District Scouts.
On September 1, he was in a car driving down St Mary’s Lane, Upminster, with his mother Sarah.
They came across the scene of a crash at the junction with Pike Lane.
A G4S van had stopped in the middle of the road and motorcyclist, Tony Jones, 32, from Harold Hill, was lying face down.
Sam told the Recorder: “I knew first aid, so immediately went to see what was happening.”
Sarah said she was surprised how “Sam got out of the car so quickly”.
When Sam arrived bystanders had just called an ambulance, but luckily an off-duty paramedic and police officer were in The Thatched House pub nearby.
Sam said: “I did chest compressions while they did CPR. He wasn’t breathing at all.
“I didn’t want to touch him because I didn’t want to break his neck. I was shaking a little but the adrenalin completely took over.”
When the air ambulance arrived, the paramedics performed open chest compressions on Mr Jones’ heart. But he sadly died.
Sarah said the Taylors wanted to express their condolences to Mr Jones’ family.
The incident has certainly had an impact on Sam.
He said: “I originally wanted to be an engineer but after this I am going to try to become a doctor,”
Shortly after Christmas Sam was invited to visit London‘s Air Ambulance helipad, and the after care nurse for Mr Jones, Frank Chege, thanked Sam for his efforts.
Dr Kate Crewdson, London’s Air Ambulance, said: “Sam should feel very proud of himself for acting with such courage in what was clearly a very difficult and distressing situation.
“He delivered absolutely the correct care at the earliest possible opportunity and this is so important for patients and can help increase their chance of survival.
“Well done Sam, I am really genuinely pleased that your bravery is being honoured with this award.”
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