Heroic Hailsham College lads save elderly man’s life

Right Chief Inspector Gary Pike, Jay Batchelor, Billy Cleaver Dmitri Aitken, Connor Ward and''Principle Phil Matthews
Right Chief Inspector Gary Pike, Jay Batchelor, Billy Cleaver Dmitri Aitken, Connor Ward and''Principle Phil Matthews

A group of students from Hailsham Community College have been praised for their courageous efforts after saving the life of an elderly man who they found bleeding in the street.

Dimitri Aitkin, Jay Batchelor, Billy Cleaver and Connor Ward had just finished playing rugby and were waiting to get the bus home when Dimitri spotted an elderly man across the road.

The boys approached the man, who was laying across the road in a side street. He was on the ground bleeding, and seemed very confused.

One of the boys called 999 while the others administered first aid to the elderly man.

They ensured the gentleman stayed still and kept him warm with their own jumpers while they waited for ambulance crews to arrive.

They also managed to wave down a passing nurse who verified the situation with the ambulance 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.

Wealden District Commander Chief Inspector Gary Pike said: “It later transpired that the gentleman suffers with Alzheimer’s and is very frail.

“I am extremely proud to be able to offer mythanks to these four young lads.”

The four teenagers have been highly commended by the Wealden District commander and Principle of Hailsham Community College after their quick actions which saved the life of the elderly man.

Chief Inspector Pike praised the boys further and said without their actions it could have been a very different outcome.

He continued: “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.”

Hailsham Community College Principal, Phil Matthews , said he was ‘incredibly proud’ of his students and said they are a ‘positive role model’ for others.

He said: “The boys’ actions have demonstrated the very best example of community responsibility which is a topic we regularly highlight with all our students.

“I am incredibly proud of them and they provide a very positive role model for other young people, both within the college and in the wider community.”