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Teenager George sets sights on becoming a paramedic after meeting NEAS man Tim MacDonald

A teenager who helped at the scene of a serious accident when he was just 16-years-old says he wants to become a paramedic after passing his A-levels - after being inspired by the NEAS man who attended the collision.

George Murray used his first-aid skills learned from being a member of The Scouts and Wooler Young Firefighters to help a van driver in 2012 who had suffered head, neck and spinal injuries on a remote road.

The man had been hurled through his windscreen. George immobilised the man's neck and spine before NEAS paramedic Tim arrived on the scene.

In recognition of his quick actions, NEAS awarded him a Certificate of Commendation.

George, who's now 18, has said: "As soon as I saw Tim come over the hill with his lights and siren on, I knew that was what I wanted to do. He has definitely been my inspiration."

With Tim's help and encouragement, George applied to study paramedic medicine at Teesside University, and has now been offered one of only fifty places.

George said: "I'm buzzing. I can't wait to start."

Tim said: "I was really impressed with the way he conducted himself on the day of the accident. I thought at the time that this kid has got what it takes if it's what he wants to go down this route.

"He's a mature young man with a vision - it's nice to be involved with someone who has the drive and vision to do what they really want to do.

"I know he will make it - and if he gets stuck, he knows where to come."

The pair met up again when a man came off his motorbike near Berwick Academy. George was nearby, and again went to the rescue, having recently completed a further first-aid course in Edinburgh.

George said: "Someone came into school and said what had happened, so I went to offer my help. I went outside and held the man's head. Then the ambulance arrived with Tim, who said we had to stop meeting like this.'"

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