Four Eastbourne Rugby Club players have been highly commended by the Wealden District Commander and principle of Hailsham Community College after their actions helped save the life of an elderly man.
Teenagers Dimitri Aitkin, Jay Batchelor, Billy Cleaver and Connor Ward were waiting for the bus after practice when Dimitri spotted the man lying on the ground in a side street.
The gentleman was bleeding and confused, so while one teenager dialled 999, the others administered first aid while keeping him warm with their own jumpers. They also managed to wave down a passing nurse, who verified the situation with the call handler.
All of the boys stayed at the scene and assisted the paramedics on arrival by carrying equipment and supporting the man to the ambulance. It later transpired that the gentleman suffers with Alzheimer’s and is very frail.
Wealden District Commander Chief Inspector Gary Pike said, “I am extremely proud to be able to offer my thanks to these 4 young lads. From speaking to them, they feel slightly embarrassed with the attention as they believe anyone in their position would have done the same thing. However I would like to say that without their quick actions we could have been looking at a very different situation.”
Principle Phil Matthews added, “The boys’ actions have demonstrated the very best example of community responsibility. I am incredibly proud.”