St John cadet puts training into practice

Training kicks in at accident scene.

Training kicks in at accident scene.

READY TO HELP: St John cadet Corporal Caitlyn Raklander went to the aid of an injured child on Monday afternoon and knew what to do because of her St John training. The child was clipped by a car at the Wellington Street-Gladstone Road corner, where this shot was taken yesterday. Picture by Rebecca Grunwell

ST JOHN training kicked in for 15-year-old Caitlyn Raklander on Monday afternoon when she helped a three-year-old boy on a bike who had an accident with a car near Gisborne Girls’ High School.

The accident happened at about 3.10pm at the Gladstone Road-Wellington Street corner.

“The little boy suffered a glancing blow from the wing mirror of the car,” said St John territory manager Shane Clapperton.

“Fortunately, his injuries were of a minor nature.”

An ambulance was called and the youngster was taken to Gisborne Hospital for assessment and treatment.

He was later allowed to go home.

“Caitlyn was walking home from school at Girls’ High when she and her friends saw what happened to the child,” her mother Marise said.

“They got the boy off the road and on to the footpath and Caitlyn looked after him until the ambulance arrived. We are very proud of her.”

Caitlyn, who is in year 11 at Girls’ High, is a St John cadet corporal and spent last weekend doing a first responder course.

“Once we got him off the road, I checked him for any bleeding, asked if he was sore anywhere and then we kept him still until help arrived.

“That was in case of any delayed concussion, because he had hit his head,” Caitlyn said.

A woman called for an ambulance and police.

“Caitlyn was able to put her training into practice and looked after the little boy until help arrived,” said St John area youth manager Korine Stairs.

“I am pretty impressed with her first-on-the-scene actions. Her training kicked in and that was invaluable.”

Caitlyn said it felt really good to know what to do to help people.

“I am so pleased the little boy was OK.”

It was the first time she had been called on to use her St John skills.

“For me, it was good to have this experience so next time something like this happens I will feel more confident.”

Caitlyn hopes to have a career as a nurse or a paramedic when she leaves school.

Mr Clapperton said St John had a good youth movement in Gisborne.

“It is great to see their training put to good use in the community. Caitlyn did very well.”

ST JOHN training kicked in for 15-year-old Caitlyn Raklander on Monday afternoon when she helped a three-year-old boy on a bike who had an accident with a car near Gisborne Girls’ High School.

The accident happened at about 3.10pm at the Gladstone Road-Wellington Street corner.

“The little boy suffered a glancing blow from the wing mirror of the car,” said St John territory manager Shane Clapperton.

“Fortunately, his injuries were of a minor nature.”

An ambulance was called and the youngster was taken to Gisborne Hospital for assessment and treatment.

He was later allowed to go home.

“Caitlyn was walking home from school at Girls’ High when she and her friends saw what happened to the child,” her mother Marise said.

“They got the boy off the road and on to the footpath and Caitlyn looked after him until the ambulance arrived. We are very proud of her.”

Caitlyn, who is in year 11 at Girls’ High, is a St John cadet corporal and spent last weekend doing a first responder course.

“Once we got him off the road, I checked him for any bleeding, asked if he was sore anywhere and then we kept him still until help arrived.

“That was in case of any delayed concussion, because he had hit his head,” Caitlyn said.

A woman called for an ambulance and police.

“Caitlyn was able to put her training into practice and looked after the little boy until help arrived,” said St John area youth manager Korine Stairs.

“I am pretty impressed with her first-on-the-scene actions. Her training kicked in and that was invaluable.”

Caitlyn said it felt really good to know what to do to help people.

“I am so pleased the little boy was OK.”

It was the first time she had been called on to use her St John skills.

“For me, it was good to have this experience so next time something like this happens I will feel more confident.”

Caitlyn hopes to have a career as a nurse or a paramedic when she leaves school.

Mr Clapperton said St John had a good youth movement in Gisborne.

“It is great to see their training put to good use in the community. Caitlyn did very well.”

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Tracey - 6 months ago
Caitlyn kept asking me if I was ok, but like her and her friends I was more interested in the little boy.

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