British Citizen Youth Award for first aid hero cadet

Posted on October 20, 2017

Caine In Uniform

CCF cadet, Caine Wildman, has received a British Citizen Youth Award (BCyA), for administering CPR on his father.

Caine, who attends the RSA Academy CCF, Tipton, West Mids, was presented with his award at Westminster Palace in October.

Earlier this year, Caine came home from school one day to find his father Craig collapsed on the sofa. Realising he wasn't breathing, Caine immediately took control of the situation. He placed his father on the floor in the recovery position, called an ambulance and started CPR.

When the paramedics arrived, Caine stayed calm and helped to reassure his younger brother and sister.

Craig was taken to hospital and diagnosed with double pneumonia which led him to have a full respiratory failure and cardiac arrest.

Craig was told by the consultants that Caine's first aid skills, and cool, calm actions, had undoubtedly saved his life. If it wasn’t for Caine’s quick thinking, Craig might not have survived.

Caine has been a part of the RSA Academy CCF Army section for more than two years and had completed a CPR course just two weeks before his father fell ill. The CCF has undoubtedly given him the confidence and skills to do amazing things, including saving his dad’s life. 

The BCyA was launched in 2016 to recognise young people who make a positive impact on society. As a way of saying thank you, they are bestowed with a ‘Medal of Honour’ inscribed with the words ‘For the good of the country’.

Caine was one of only 24 recipients of the medal in 2017.

Earlier this year Caine was also announced as the winner of the St John Ambulance Guy Evans Young Hero Award 2017. The Guy Evans Young Hero Award recognises a young person who has saved a life. The award is made in honour of Guy Evans, who died when first aid might have given him a chance to live. 

Contingent Commander 2Lt Jim Andrews, said: “We as a contingent are immensely proud of Caine’s achievement, especially because we are a CEP school who are only just into our third year.

“It just shows how invaluable life skills like first aid are and how skills learnt in the CCF can shape our students to do fantastic things.”