Coveted award for Keighley army cadet who went to aid of injured man

Keighley town mayor Coun Graham Mitchell congratulates Cadet Sgt Aaron Jefford on his award

Keighley town mayor Coun Graham Mitchell congratulates Cadet Sgt Aaron Jefford on his award

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A TEENAGE army cadet who went to the aid of a road accident victim has received an award.

Aaron Jefford gave first aid to the man, who had been hit by a car, and got the driver to phone the emergency services.

And the youngster remained with the victim until police and paramedics arrived.

Now Cadet Sgt Jefford, a member of the Keighley Detachment of the Yorkshire North and West Army Cadet Force, has been presented with a national First Aider of the Year Award from St John Ambulance.

The ceremony took place at the cadet force annual presentation day at Queen Elizabeth Barracks, Strensall, York.

Among the guests was Keighley town mayor Coun Graham Mitchell.

He told us: "I was delighted to be present at the ceremony where Aaron Jefford’s initiative and training was recognised and rewarded, and I compliment the prompt actions of this fine young man.

"Keighley should be very proud of him.”

Cadet Sgt Jefford was on his way home from a meeting when the elderly pedestrian was involved in a collision with a car in Highfield Lane, Keighley.

The youngster had to keep the peace as well as look after the injured man, believed to be in his early 60s.

"The driver started shouting at the casualty saying that he had run in front of his car," he said.

"I then asked him to stand back, as he was getting angrier and louder.

“I asked the man on the floor if he could hear me. He replied yes, so I told him my name and that I was a first aider. I then carried out a top-to-toe survey. From this I established that he had damaged both arms and had wounds to the face.”

An ambulance arrived and the casualty was taken to hospital for treatment. Cadet Sgt Jefford then outlined to police what had happened.

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