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Wokingham postman delivers first aid at life-threatening road collision

Tony Peet Wokingham Postman

A Wokingham postman put his first aid skills to good use, when a young man was hit by a car in the town.

On the evening of Friday 18 December, Tony Peet had stopped at a food van with his wife Tracy, when a young man was struck by the vehicle. He was flung across the road and hit a wall head first.

Tony, who works for the Royal Mail in Wokingham, had completed a First Aid at Work course in September. This meant he knew he could potentially help the injured man and had the confidence to take action in this emergency situation.

Tony commented: “I ran across the road and found he had a huge gash in his head, he was unconscious, and was obviously bleeding heavily from the wound. I checked he was breathing, cleared his airway, and then applied pressure to his head using a scarf. After three or four minutes he came around but then went into shock.”

Tony kept him calm and continued to talk to him and reassure him until the first response paramedic team arrived. They asked Tony to continue his first aid, whilst they assessed the patient. He was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital where tests revealed no fracture to the skull, but that he’d broken his leg in six places.

The young man’s father called Tony that Sunday to say his son was alive and well and thanked Tony for everything he had done. Tony added: “The training I’d had really helped me to keep calm. I didn’t panic and everyone who was there thanked me for what I did.

I certainly didn’t feel like a hero, but I must admit to being hugely relieved to get a call from his dad to say he was OK. I really think more people should learn first aid – you never know when you may need it.”

St John Ambulance Regional Training Manager for the South East, Deborah Adwent said: “I’d like to congratulate Tony on helping in what must have been a traumatic situation.

“We aim to give people the confidence and skills to provide first aid when the time comes. Tony did just that, so we're proud of him and proud of the local trainer, Tom Brindley, who taught him. This incident also shows the wider positive impact workplace first aid training can have in your local community. It can have wide reaching benefits at work, at home or even when you’re out and about.”

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