Sergant Mark Goatcher, a Reservist with the Honourable Artillery Company's Corps of Drums, has won an award at the St John Ambulance Everyday Heroes Awards for his quick thinking at a London school.
Sergant Goatcher won the Workplace Hero Award for his actions in saving a boy's life after he had collapsed.
Mark is also a cadet instructor at the The City of London Academy, Islington (HAC) Combined Cadet Force and it was in March that a cadet ran to his office to ask for help with the boy, 13, who was not breathing.
He began to deliver resuscitation and continued for around seven minutes until the paramedics arrived. The pupil was taken to hospital where he required extensive cardiac surgery. Thanks to Sergantt Goatcher's speedy actions and first aid training the boy made a good recovery.
Sgt Goatcher said: “I’ve since met the boy and his mother, and I must say that was a pretty special moment; quite emotional really. It brings home how absolutely vital first aid is as a life skill.”