A first aid trainer who helped a stranger who was suffering a heart attack is helping young people learn life-saving skills.
David Edmondson, a former motorcycling instructor from Morley, is part of a team of experts recruited by the St John Ambulance charity which helped Southroyd Primary School pupils, in Pudsey, learn vital skills yesterday.
The 56-year-old was reminded of just how important first aid knowledge is when he saw a man collapse outside a restaurant in Butt Lane, Wortley, on January 30 this year.
Mr Edmondson rushed to help the man and, recognising the symptoms of a heart attack, helped him indoors, put him in the ‘W’ position and called an ambulance.
Keeping the airways clear, checking his pulse and standing by in case the man needed CPR, Mr Edmondson waited for paramedics to take over as the man dipped in and out of consciousness. Thankfully the man’s heart did not stop.
He said: “All I would say is that I did everything possible to keep his condition stable until the ambulance arrived.
“I’d just visited a school to talk about first aid and this just highlights how you never know when it might be needed.”
The new St John Ambulance team is in the midst of work in the region’s primary and secondary schools where teachers have devised their own course schedule using the charity’s Student First Aid pack.
The charity’s regional manager for training and community projects, David Nicklen, said: “Our research shows that seven out of 10 students wouldn’t know what to do if someone they knew were injured. That’s why we’ve taken on these experienced trainers and created a range of courses and materials to ensure pupils don’t miss out.”
In 2013 the charity trained 93,000 young people nationwide in schools and through its youth schemes. Call 01924 262726 or visit www.sja.org.uk/studentfirstaid for details.