National award for quick-thinking Soham teen

Josh Dodds Mills with his St John Ambulance award

Josh Dodds Mills with his St John Ambulance award - Credit: Archant

HE first won regional acclaim for his daring rescue but now a Soham teenager has been honoured at national level.

HE first won regional acclaim for his daring rescue but now a Soham teenager has been honoured at national level.

Soham College pupil Josh Dodds-Mills saved a toddler who has climbed onto an upstairs window ledge. His mother, incapacitated at the time, was in the house.

Quick thinking Josh leapt over fences to the house climbed in through a downstairs window and dashed upstairs and hastily pulled the baby to safety.

With the help of his parents- who had by then arrived- Josh turned to the mother. He conducted a primary survey and then delivered first aid until she recovered.


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At a ceremony in London Josh was awarded a St John Ambulance Young First Aider of the Year award.

Adrian Leppard, Commissioner of Police for the City of London, presented Josh with the prestigious award.

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Josh said: “I’m glad I was able to use first aid to help as well.

“It’s important for everyone to be able to assist in an emergency and I hope that more people will learn this useful skill.’

Bruce Leeke, St John regional director, said actions by youngsters like Josh sometimes “have been the difference between a life lost and a life saved.

“They should all be very proud of their actions.”

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