Grantham air cadets come to aid of man “having heart attack”

47F cadets, from left, Tom Hobson, Jess Howorth, Dave Cox, Alice Cox, Jake Spridgens and Jane Howitt.
47F cadets, from left, Tom Hobson, Jess Howorth, Dave Cox, Alice Cox, Jake Spridgens and Jane Howitt.
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Four air cadets used their first aid skills on Monday to help a man who appeared to be having a heart attack.

CWO Jake Spridgens, Sgt Alice Cox, Sgt Dave Cox and Sgt Jess Howorth were on their way home from 47F Grantham squadron when they saw the man near Asda and sprang into action.

A couple who were also on the scene praised the cadets for their help. Geoff and Danni Broad, of Grantham, posted on the Squadron Facebook page: “I was at ASDA last night with my wife when we saw a gentleman obviously ill with what appeared to be heart problems walking alongside the road. We stopped to help him along with another lady plus some ASDA staff came out to help. Some of your Air Cadets, who were passing, rushed over and were very helpful and professional in their First Aid while we waited for an ambulance to arrive.

“We just wanted to say how impressed we were the great efforts your cadets made and what a credit they are to you.”

OC 47F Flight Lieutenant Paul James said: “This is wonderful to see such great comments on our Facebook and of course we are all very proud of these four cadets. The ACO ensures that our cadets receive First Aid training at the very start of their career. I have to say the staff do a wonderful job training our cadets. Sgt Jane Howitt and Tom Hobson, who deliver First Aid training on the Squadron, got a real sense of pride knowing the training works.

“It would have been so easy to walk past this situation, I am proud that the team spirit and determination shown by these young people was appreciated. I hope the gentleman involved is making a good recovery and is on the mend.”