Great Rollright student uses first aid skills to help injured schoolboy while government filibusters First Aid in Schools Bill

Rowan Truelove NNL-151214-145905001
Rowan Truelove NNL-151214-145905001

A teenager provided model first aid support to a fellow student - on the same day the government filibustered legislation that would give secondary school pupils the same life saving skills.

Rowan Truelove, 16, of Great Rollright offered textbook help when 11-year-old Lewis Harrison collided with a car after getting off the school bus.

Rowan Truelove and his mum Sharon, right, with Lewis Harrison and his mum Gemma NNL-151214-145844001

Rowan Truelove and his mum Sharon, right, with Lewis Harrison and his mum Gemma NNL-151214-145844001

Rowan organised a 999 call and traffic direction while he made Lewis comfortable, held his hand and reassured the shocked boy.

“The first aid training I did was very basic but it really helped,” said Rowan, an A-level student at Chipping Norton School who learned his skills at air cadets.

“The bus had pulled up and Lewis stepped out into the road and a car just came along and that was it. He had a broken leg - there was no doubt about that.

“The first thing to do was deal with the situation to make it safe. I told one person to call 999 and told some others to direct the traffic,” he said.

“There were lots of children standing around Lewis so I asked them to stand back and give him some space. I talked to him to distract him from what was happening and gave him constant reassurance.

“I asked people to give me their coats. I used one to support his injured leg and keep it still, another to put under his head and others to cover him and keep him warm.

“When the first responders arrived my job then was to keep talking to him and hold his hand. I definitely think all young people should learn first aid in secondary school,” he said.

A press statement from the British Red Cross said: “The accident on November 20 happened just a few miles from David Cameron’s constituency home on the day the Government blocked the First Aid Bill.

“The Red Cross, St John Ambulance and the British Heart Foundation were in support of MP Teresa Pearce’s Bill, calling for no child to leave secondary school without the skills and confidence to save a life.

“However, despite swathes of public support and backing from key bodies such as the PTA UK and the Resuscitation Council UK, the Bill was ‘talked out’ meaning it has little chance of becoming law.”

Lewis’s mum Gemma Harrison, 31, said: “We’re lucky Rowan was on the bus and learned his first aid. I think secondary school should teach it because of what’s happened to Lewis.”

Rowan’s mum Sharon, who has worked on many overseas projects for the Red Cross, is also first aid trained.

She said: “Rowan did his first aid training through the air cadets so it was just lucky that day that one of the children on the bus knew what to do. First aid training would only need to take up one PSHE lesson and those children would be equipped for life.”