Royal recognition for teen lifesaver Andrew Richards

York Press: St John Ambulance cadet Andrew Richards at Buckingham Palace, where he received his award from Princess Anne St John Ambulance cadet Andrew Richards at Buckingham Palace, where he received his award from Princess Anne

A MAN having a heart attack in York city centre has been saved by a teenager who stepped in to help.

When the man collapsed in Davygate, 18-year-old Andrew Richards, cleared the crowd around him and used the first aid skills he had learned volunteering with St John's Ambulance.

Andrew has now been presented an award at Buckingham Palace in recognition that his quick thinking and first aid training saved the man's life.

In recent months Andrew has proved himself as something of a hero - helping a person badly injured after falling on an escalator in a York shop, helping an unconscious young woman in Parliament Street and running across the city centre to help a man with a head injury.

He said: "I'm not the sort of person that can just leave a job that needs doing - I can't walk past someone that needs help and not help.

"It's nice to be someone who can make a difference. If I was in that situation I wouldn't want someone to do the wrong thing to me.

"I think it's part and parcel of wearing the uniform."

Andrew, who lives in Badger Hill and studies applied sciences at York College, has been credited with saving the man's life in Davygate after stopping when he saw a commotion while off duty and walking through the town.

Realising the man, whose name is not known, was suffering from a heart attack, Andrew sat him upright against a wall and pulled his knees up to his chest and raised his arms to help circulation. He appealed to nearby people for aspirin and told the man to hold it under his tongue while calling for an ambulance.

Andrew was presented the Young Achievers’ award by Princess Anne - who recognised him from when he was previously named cadet of the year - at a reception last week.

Adrian Lee, area manager for St John Ambulance York Vale, said: "Andrew has been an asset to his local community all year round and he fully deserved to be rewarded with this invitation."

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12:00pm Tue 25 Mar 14

electricwarrior says...

What a great story well done Andrew.
What a great story well done Andrew. electricwarrior
  • Score: 45

12:47pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Ousetunes says...

Well done that man!
Well done that man! Ousetunes
  • Score: 32

12:54pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Teabag1 says...

Very Well done Andrew it must take a lot of nerve to have to act in a real life situation .
Very Well done Andrew it must take a lot of nerve to have to act in a real life situation . Teabag1
  • Score: 34

1:37pm Tue 25 Mar 14

rambolanka says...

Both Andrew and SJA have done a remarkable job. If just 1 in 100 people in York had emergency training for events such as these, think of the lives saved. Andrew is not just a credit to his uniform but his parents also. I wish there were more like him.
Both Andrew and SJA have done a remarkable job. If just 1 in 100 people in York had emergency training for events such as these, think of the lives saved. Andrew is not just a credit to his uniform but his parents also. I wish there were more like him. rambolanka
  • Score: 30

3:11pm Tue 25 Mar 14

kryten says...

Well done Andrew and I agree Saint Johns Ambulance give a wonderful service to the community! One thing to take the course but a whole different thing to apply it in real life. Another WELL DONE Andrew!
Well done Andrew and I agree Saint Johns Ambulance give a wonderful service to the community! One thing to take the course but a whole different thing to apply it in real life. Another WELL DONE Andrew! kryten
  • Score: 19

5:58pm Tue 25 Mar 14

spottycow says...

SPOT ON YOUNG FELLA . A CREDIT TO YOUR PARENTS
SPOT ON YOUNG FELLA . A CREDIT TO YOUR PARENTS spottycow
  • Score: 7

6:22pm Tue 25 Mar 14

CaroleBaines says...

Wow - well done, young man.
Wow - well done, young man. CaroleBaines
  • Score: 7

6:34pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Marathongirl says...

What a great story - well done!
What a great story - well done! Marathongirl
  • Score: 6

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