Quick-thinking teens praised for help - The Evesham Observer

Quick-thinking teens praised for help

Evesham Editorial 3rd Aug, 2018   0

A GROUP of Evesham teenage boys who raced to the aid of a stricken pensioner who fell on a town retail park have been praised for their actions by his grateful wife.

Pam Smith spoke to the Observer after her husband David suffered the fall while outside B&Q on the Four Pools Retail Park last Wednesday (July 25).

The worried pensioner called out for help and saw the group of ‘four or five’ teenagers race to her aid within seconds on their bikes.

“One got out his phone and phoned for an ambulance whilst the others helped me to roll my husband onto his side as he was unconcious.” she said.

“On seeing the ambulance, one of them went over to show the paramedics where we were.”

The Bidford resident said the group were really helpful, kind and concerned for both her husband and herself and didn’t leave the scene until she and David left in the ambulance.

“Thank you boys, you were great and thank you too to the PC World employee who went to get their first aider. My husband has a sore head and elbow and spent a few nights in hospital but is otherwise alright,” she said.

Mrs Smith hopes the incident will challenge some of the perceptions around teenagers as unruly or even violent and urged local people to rethink their views on the younger generation.

“’It’ll be those teenage lads again’, or ‘why don’t the parents do something about them and at least teach them respect for themselves, their possessions, for other people and other peoples possessions?’,” she said.

“How often do we hear this, whether it is takeaway rubbish dropped on the ground, a broken signpost, a trampled garden, a shed broken into or a scratched car?”

“I have had the priviledge to work with teenagers and young people most of my life and found the majority to be lovely to be with, caring and polite.”

“So, please don’t write off our teenagers, they are amazing.”

Mr Smith echoed his wife’s words and praised those for coming to his aid: “Having worked with young people all my life I think they deserve praise and I can’t thank them enough.”


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