First aid hero award for Kirkcaldy ScotRail worker who helped saved woman’s life

A Kirkcaldy woman, has been hailed a ‘First Aid Hero’ at the prestigious Scottish First Aid Awards in recognition of her outstanding first aid response delivered during a high-pressure incident.
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ScotRail employee Carol Ewing was honoured after coming to the aid of a woman standing very close to the edge of the platform at Kirkcaldy railway station last February. She was named first aid hero of the year at the 11th annual event in Glasgow, and hosted by Scotland’s only dedicated first aid charity, St Andrew’s First Aid. Carol was hailed for her ““Her compassion, bravery, empathy and calm nature .”

She calmly introduced herself and the female stated that she intended to harm herself. In a prompt reaction, knowing a train was due at the station within minutes, Carol raised the concern to the ScotRail control room via the station platform help point.

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Continuing her calm engagement, she managed to position herself between the woman and the tracks and was able to slowly manoeuvre the female away from the platform and into safety. For more than 30 minutes, Carol remained level-headed showing empathy and understanding towards the woman, providing her with re-assurance until the emergency services arrived at the station. Her vigilance, quick thinking and personable approach saved her from harm and allowed her to receive the necessary professional support she needed.

Carol Ewing with her first aid hero award (Pic: Jeff Holmes)Carol Ewing with her first aid hero award (Pic: Jeff Holmes)
Carol Ewing with her first aid hero award (Pic: Jeff Holmes)

Carol said: “I am completely honoured to have received the award. It goes without saying that first aid spans well beyond the skills of CPR, there are many other ways you can help to save lives. On that evening, my instinct kicked in and I knew I had to be calm and personable even though I was scared. I had to think what does that person need me to do right now, and be able to do it calmly to ensure she didn’t come into any harm. I am proud of myself for intervening but more proud that I was able to help someone in such a difficult place. I hope this story inspires others to learn more about first aid and mental health first aid training.”

Stuart Callison, chief executive of St Andrew’s First Aid, said: “Emergency first aid comes in many different forms, and the importance of mental health first aid cannot be overlooked. Carol’s compassion, bravery, empathy and calm nature saved an individual’s life, for which she should be exceptionally proud. Anyone considering mental health first aid training should use Carol’s story as the motivation they need to learn.

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