A Courageous Member
The Silver Life Saving Medal was awarded District Officer Miss. C. E. Phillips of the H.B.- E.C. District in 1949.
The incident for which this award was given occurred in September 1945 when Miss Pillips [Phillips] rescued a child from an oncoming train. Alan Murray aged 2, ran from the platform at Palmerston Nth. Station on the lines just as a train was approaching. Miss. Phillips at once jumped in front of the oncoming engine, caught the child in her arms and threw herself and the boy clear of the train. The child was unharmed, but she had to be treated for shock, cuts and a broken arm, ‘but later was found to have sustained internal injuries, which since have necessitated undergoing a series of operations and many visits to the hospital. The injuries states the citation, proved such as “greatly to prejudice her health at all times.”
It was not until 1948 that Priory heard about the rescue. The father of the child wrote stating that on his return to Hawke’s Bay he had discovered for the first time that the rescuer of his child three years before was a member of the St. John Ambulance Brigade, and asked if there was any award which could be given her. He added that his letter had been written without Miss Phillip’s knowledge.
The Priory immediately instituted inquiries, which, owing to the lapse of years, took some time. On completion, the Priory sent a report, together with testimony of witnesses, to the Chancery of the Order.
Film evenings for the Hastings. Ambulance Cadets are going well. One of the more recent evenings was attended by the Hastings Women’s Division and members of the Ambulance division.
OPINIONS EXPRESSED IN THIS MAGAZINE ARE NOT NECESSARILY THOSE OF THE EDITOR
Humour in First Aid
This article has been taken from a 1949 issue of “The St. John Gazzette” which was at that time the official journal of The Grand Priory in the British Realm of the Order of St. John.
Two first aiders were treating a lady who had fainted and was breathing shallowly. Her husband, who was most excited, and chanced to overhear the first aiders discussing the treatment of the patient, including artificial respiration. The term “artificial” caused the husband to explode and exclaim: “I will have no “artificial respiration: and I insist on you giving my wife the real thing, what ever it is.”
Priory’s Birthday Greetings
It is with pleasure that I offer my congratulations on the first birthday of “Cadet Jottings” I have been most impressed with the initiative shown by the editor and his assistants. I am sure the paper has already proved its value to the Cadet movement in Hawke’s Bay and will serve as an inspiration to other Districts. The Chief Officer for Nursing Cadets, Miss V.P.L. Anquetil and the Chief Officer for Ambulance Cadets, Dr. D.P. Kennedy join me in extending all good wishes for success.
F. W. Ward.
The recruiting drive organized by the Hastings Divisions, began with a series of advertisements in the local paper. These were announcing pressure courses on First Aid which will be attended by senior members who will assist with demonstrations.