Brave@Heart Awards 2015: Teenage recipients
Three teenagers were recipients of a Brave@Heart Award for outstanding bravery in exceptional circumstances or danger.
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A 14-year-old was attending Victoria Hospital for dental treatment when he witnessed an opportunist thief snatch a handbag from a lady. As the thief ran from the scene another witness called out for the man to stop. On hearing this and without regard for his own safety, the young boy managed to chase and catch the thief before returning the bag to the lady. The man responsible was arrested by police and pleaded guilty to this crime.
This young boy’s immediate response to do the right thing was not only admirable but showed courage and bravery.
A young girl aged 14, was out walking when she heard cries of help from a man who had become trapped between a transit pick-up van and a fence post for almost an hour. She immediately dialled 999 then left the phone with the injured man while she went to try and find others to help. Unable to find anyone to help she went back and provided reassurance to the causality.
Her determination, calmness under pressure and quick thinking assisted a man in distress and saved him from further suffering.
Whilst out collecting sponsor money for Cancer Research this fearless 14-year-old boy realised that despite his hearing difficulties he could hear a smoke alarm and also smell smoke. After getting no response from knocking on the door, this boy looked through the letterbox to see dogs which were barking furiously and surrounded by smoke. He provided the emergency services with the information that they required and waited for the fire appliances to arrive. On arrival, the fire and rescue service forced entry to the property, rescued the three dogs and extinguished the fire. This was a selfless act by this young man which showed real courage, calmness under pressure, strength of character and determination.
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