Reserve Forces and Cadets Association
for North of England

Consett Army Cadet named ‘young hero’ by police    

Cadet Colour Sergeant Nicholas Robinson wins Durham Constabulary’s Young Heroes Award. Nick who is 17 years old and from Blackhill, Consett, has been an Army Cadet for 5 years. In the space of five months, Nick has stopped not once but three times to help someone in distress, probably saving a life on the third occasion. This is astonishing given that he is only 17 years old! 

In February, Nick was upstairs on a double decker bus travelling from Durham to Consett when he heard a lot of commotion and shouting coming from downstairs. When he went down there was a very distressed young girl with an older lady trying to calm her down. Nick calmly approached the girl and quietly reassured her that he wanted to help; he was then able to calm her down. He told her that the police were on their way, and not to be frightened because everybody wanted to help her. The police arrived and Nick left the bus.

In May, Nick was walking to Consett through Consett Park when he saw two men walking towards him, both looking across at something in the bushes; however they carried on walking. As Nick got closer he could see, and hear, a young girl in the bushes. She was crying and banging her head on a tree. As Nick got closer he realised it was the girl from the bus. This time, however, she was not accepting any help or reassurance from Nick who had called the police. Once the police arrived Nick left the park.

In July, Nick was walking home from Consett when he saw some legs sticking out on to the pavement at the bottom of Consett Park. Fearing the worst he approached and found a young man lying on his back unconscious. Nick quickly checked his air-way and made sure he was breathing. He then tried to put him into the recovery position but was unable to do so as the young man was too heavy. Nick remained with him to ensure he was not at risk of choking on his own vomit. He rang 999 and left quietly when the police arrived.

Nick is currently in the Army Cadets at Consett and looking forward to a military career, joining the Army Foundation College in Harrogate in September.

Nick is pictured receiving his Young Heroes Award certificate from Consett Neighbourhood Inspector Keith Wardle.

Nick commented, “I was shocked to receive this award, but honoured. I didn’t expect all this fuss after just doing what I was trained to do. I hope it inspires others to learn this important skill and potentially save someone’s life; thank you Durham ACF for the valuable skills I learned as a Cadet”.

Colonel Brian Kitching, Commandant Durham ACF said “This is an outstanding accolade and testament to the confidence of Nicholas dealing with three very different and difficult situations. All Army Cadets receive first aid training as part of our normal training but it takes a very special person to step forward and take charge”