Teenager George commended for helping at serious crash

High school pupil rushes to aid of patient with severe head injury

Student George Murray turned hero to save two men hurt in a serious road accident.

The 16-year-old carried out a dramatic roadside rescue when he spotted the crash between a van and car in Berwick.

George, who was travelling home from school with his dad Angus, and has hopes of being a paramedic, quickly put his first aid skills into action.

The A-level student ran to the rescue of the van passenger, who had suffered head, neck and spinal injuries when he went through the windscreen.

George immobilised the man's neck and spine until paramedics arrived, while his dad, a traffic officer, directed oncoming traffic.

George then assisted the driver, who also suffered neck and spinal injuries, before helping paramedics put the casualties onto a stretcher.

Paramedic Timothy MacDonald said George's actions have had a huge impact on the recovery of the man and he commended him for his efforts.

Yesterday he met George and presented him with a bravery certificate, following the accident on the B6525 near Oxford Farm on October 2.

George, of Wooler, Northumberland, said: "I was just on my way from school and there was a crash in front of us. I could see the man had a head injury so I went straight to him.

"I just wanted to do what I could to help him. I'm trained in first aid but it is the first time I had to put it into practice in a big incident.

"I wasn't nervous because I knew I just had to get on with it. I just put all my training into action."

Paramedic Timothy MacDonald was one of the North East Ambulance Service workers who attended the accident.

Mr MacDonald said that George deserved recognition for his courage.

He said: "Due to the condition of the patients, the amount of blood and the general nature of the scene, I feel that George deserves to be commended for his actions.

"I was extremely impressed by the controlled manner in which this young man conducted himself and I am convinced that his actions will have had a beneficial outcome for the patient."

After completing his A-levels at Berwick Academy, George is hoping to go on to university to complete a degree in paramedic practice.

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