A school boy from Boston has today been presented with a Laverick award for recognition of his bravery after his mother lost consciousness in their home last November.
Jack Abbott, 8, from Boston, Lincolnshire was at home with his mum Nicola when she suddenly fell and lost consciousness.
Jack, whose grandad, Andrew Pafomow, is a Clinical Operations Manager for East Midlands Ambulance Service, has known from a young age to call 999 or his grandad for help. Fortunately his grandad was able to get to him quickly and arrange for an ambulance to take Nicola to hospital.
Shortly after Paramedic Leah Williams and Technician Glenn Turner arrived and assessed Nicola. Whilst on scene Jack was extremely helpful to Leah and Glenn, explaining to them what had happened to his mum and remaining calm whilst they transported Nicola to hospital
Leah explained: “Jack did especially well as he normally struggles with his speech, however, he made the call and then helped us whilst we were on scene, he was able to tell us how his mother had hurt herself. “
The presentation to Jack of a Laverick award was today, at Hawthorn Primary School, who’s assembly theme was focusing on family and relationships.
The Laverick award is designed to recognise children and young adults of courage, who have gone above and beyond to help another. The award is in memory of Nick Laverick a Paramedic and Team Leader who tragically lost his battle with cancer on his 37th birthday in September 2013. Nick’s colleagues all miss him terribly and along with his wife Sasha, who is also a paramedic, decided to continue his legacy through this award.
Mum Nicola said: “I am so extremely proud of Jack, from a young age I have spoken to him about calling 999 if somebody ever needed help, for him to do that for me is amazing, he’s a very special little boy.
“To see Jack receive an award and recognition for his actions is amazing. It is important for all children to learn what to do in an emergency and today his class mates have had that opportunity.”
Jack’s classmates also had the opportunity today to learn how to call 999, see inside and ambulance and Fast Response Vehicle (FRV) and ask staff questions.