Young Hailsham heroes awarded for saving man’s life

Dimitri Aitkin, Jay Batchelor, Billy Cleaver and Connor Ward
Dimitri Aitkin, Jay Batchelor, Billy Cleaver and Connor Ward

A group of students from Hailsham, who saved a man’s life after they found him bleeding in the street, have been recognised with a police award.

Dimitri Aitkin, Jay Batchelor, Billy Cleaver and Connor Ward, who go to Hailsham Community College, were awarded at the Sussex Police East Sussex Divisional Awards ceremony on Monday (October 13).

The boys had just finished playing rugby in February this year, 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 man stayed still and kept him warm with their own jumpers while they waited for the 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.

The boys were among a selection of officers, staff members, volunteers and other members of the public commended for going above and beyond the call of duty and for displaying outstanding dedication in protecting their communities.

They were joined by family and friends, HM Lord Lieutenant Peter Field, High Sheriff Christopher Gebbie and Assistant Chief Constable Robin Smith.

Chief Superintendent Neil Honnor, East Sussex’s Divisional Commander, opened the ceremony. He said: “For me this is the best day of the year. It is so important for us to recognise the outstanding work of colleagues, volunteers and members of the public who go above and beyond what is required of them, reminding us of why we do this job. I am proud to see so many officers and staff members being awarded but equally as proud to see members of the communities we serve also being recognised. We, the police, could not do our job without the help and support of our communities.”