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2023 First Aid Champion Awards: St John Youth Member is a Superhero Brother

Lachlan is an exemplary 16-year-old who is part of St John Youth through his school. St John Youth is a program centred around ‘Service to the Community’. At present, there are over 500 Youth Members and led by more than 100 Adult Youth Staff in community and school-based divisions. The program equips young people with the skills and confidence needed to help the community in first aid emergencies – and sometimes, like in Lachlan's case, that community member happens to be right at home.

A devoted brother and skilled first aider, Lachlan jumped to his big sister’s rescue when she experienced a tonic-clonic seizure for the first time. During these episodes, a person loses consciousness, and their muscles stiffen before convulsing rapidly. Despite the traumatic scene, Lachlan remained calm and began to administer first aid, which he learned through St John Youth.

A few months later, his sister experienced another seizure – this time, she had hit her head several times on the wall. Lachlan quickly called Triple Zero, then grabbed a blanket to protect his sister’s head. He remained calm and reassured his mum, while staying close to his sister until paramedics arrived.

Lachlan acted so calmly and did what he had to do. It's a real credit to him, and to St John Ambulance for the training they provide.
Jo, Lachlan's mum

Lachlan was named the Youth (Under-18) Champion for the 2023 First Aid Champion Awards. As he was unable to attend the ceremony at the Melbourne Town Hall on 9 August, Lachlan and his family were invited to the St John Ambulance Victoria headquarters in Notting Hill for a special trophy presentation ceremony. There, Chief Operating Officer Peter Ayres presented the prestigious First Aid Champion Awards trophy, witnessed by staff members from across the organisation.

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