Elgin cadets praised for First Aid

January 20, 2023

Two Army Cadets from Elgin were recently recognised for their First Aid skills.

Robert McMillian and Zara Laws (both 14), from 1st Battalion The Highlanders’ Elgin Detachment, were both presented with Army Cadet Charitable Trust UK Praiseworthy First Aid Certificates.

Both cadets were recognised for performing First Aid on a member of the public in the summer. They learned their First Aid skills in the Army Cadet Force.

Zara and Robert were out with their family for a walk up Lady Hill in Elgin and came across an unresponsive member of the public, which saw both cadets quickly put their First Aid skills to use to assess the person, and contact an ambulance for them to be taken to Dr Gray’s Hospital, which saw the casualty make a full recovery.

Cdt Laws also received a second certificate for using her First Aid on a family member. Back in October while she was getting ready for school she discovered her mother was having difficulties breathing. Cdt Laws took control of the situation by contacting the ambulance, while reassuring her mother, as well as keeping her siblings updated while she was in the hospital with her mother.

Cdt Laws and Cdt McMillian were put forward for their awards by their Detachment Commander, Sergeant Major Instructor Graeme Wells (30), who said: “Both cadets used their skills without hesitation. I am extremely proud of both Zara and Robert and I’m glad to see that their actions have been recognised.”

Both Robert and Zara were presented with their certificates by the Battalion’s Commandant Colonel Mike MacDonald, at the Battalion’s Cadet Training Centre in Dingwall, during the Moray Company Annual Awards Dinner in December last year.

Picture shows: Cdt Laws (left) & Cdt McMillian (right) with their ACCT Praiseworthy First Aid Certificates presented by Commandant Col MacDonald (2nd right) and Moray Company Commander Lt Peacock.