TWO members of staff from the Redditch Standard came to the rescue when an elderly man fell on Church Green East last week,
The man, who said his name was ‘Billy’ was in his 80s, had been on his way to the bank when he fell near some steps on the square last Thursday (June 2).
Standard employees, Ruth Sullivan and Jackie Pardoe rushed to the rescue when they heard what had happened.
Receptionist Jacquie said: “We jumped to it. He had fallen and badly hurt his left hand, where the bone was showing, so Ruth applied a pressure bandage.. We called an ambulance immediately, but it was some time before it arrived so we took control of the situation and I put some of my newly-gained first aid training into action.”
“I noticed that he was a diabetic so carefully checked that he didn’t need any medication or something sugary. I knew it was important to keep him alert and in good spirits so we joked and talked a lot about his life in Belfast,” said Ruth, who has several years of first aid experience.
“People from local businesses came out to check if we were all right and lots of kind passers-by offered their support, but we were confident he was in safe hands with us.”
The two women kept Billy warm and made sure he was as comfortable as possible while waiting for the paramedics.
“When they arrived they said we had done a 10 out of 10 job,” said Ruth, “They were even able to leave the bandages we had applied on and whisk him away to hospital for treatment straight away.”