A schoolboy saved his father’s life just one week after receiving first aid training with Finchley Cadets.
Lance corporal Aaron Field, 14, was in his bedroom when his father, Martin Field fell through a window while doing repair works at their home in Doleman Close, Finchley.
Aaron, a pupil at Bishop Douglas School, said: “I ran downstairs and saw my dad holding his forearm. I told him to let me have a look and I saw a big deep cut with lots of blood and there was muscle hanging out.
“I looked to see if there was any glass in the wound but there wasn’t so I gave my dad a towel which he wrapped round his arm and told him to apply pressure.
“He went pale so I asked him to sit on the floor and raise his arm. “There was a lot of blood but I didn’t panic, I remembered what I was taught and having called an ambulance I put into practice all the first aid training I’d learned at army cadets.”
Aaron’s actions not only saved the use of his father’s arm, but saved his life.
In recognition of his life saving skills Aaron was presented with a first aider of the year award last week.
Mr Field, a cadet leader and company sergeant major instructor, said: “I am both very proud and also very grateful to Aaron.
“He saved my life in what were fairly dire circumstances – he knew just what to do and took full control of the situation.”