Lifesaving Cadet Honoured at Centenary Service

A 14-year-old Cadet has been honoured at this year’s St John Cymru Annual Investiture & Centenary Service after saving his auntie’s life.

Tyler Fergusson, a member of the St John Cymru Treharris division, was out celebrating at a family event when his auntie Susan, started choking.

Dedicated Cadet Tyler, quickly realised the seriousness of the situation and encouraged his auntie to cough - something he had learned as part of his St John Cymru first aid training.

Unable to dislodge the food, brave Tyler then administered back blows and instructed his auntie to continue coughing but she couldn’t.

After looking inside his auntie’s mouth, Tyler realised the food was visible and asked his auntie if she could pull it out and thankfully, she could.

Tyler’s quick thinking undoubtedly saved his auntie’s life and he was nominated by his division leader, Teresa Kedward, for a special bravery award: The Prior’s Award for Cadet Commendation.

The award recognises any Cadet between 10 and 18 years who has shown outstanding bravery, initiative or courage in a real life situation.

Teresa said: “Tyler is an amazing young man and an outstanding Cadet who one day hopes to reach his dreams of becoming a paramedic.

“We’re all really proud of Tyler. He’s a committed member of the team, who has always worked hard supporting the division on duties, competitions and parades,” she added.

In the presence of HRH the Duchess of Gloucester and the Commandant-in-Chief St John Cymru, Tyler attended the Annual Investiture and Centenary Service at Llandaff Cathedral on Saturday 23rd June where he was commended for his actions.