County cadets honour

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These three St John Ambulance cadets are in for an exciting year after being selected to represent their county.

Emma Musson (16) from the Copice and Ripley division is the County Cadet of the Year and her deputy is Alice Bungay (15) from Dronfield.

The Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet is Laurisa Robinson (16) from Bolsover.

The County Cadets, who were presented with their lanyards of office during a ceremony at county headquarters in Chesterfield, will act as ambassadors for the nation’s leading first aid charity on formal occasions as well as being involved in a variety of events both across the region and nationally.

The appointments were made during a selection day when contenders undertook a series of challenges that put their personal and teamwork skills to the test.

Lisa Legg, Deputy Commissioner Youth for St John Ambulance Derbyshire, said: “These cadets have proved their commitment as well as their ability. They are not only valuable members of society, who can be the difference between a life saved and a life lost, but also a credit to their families and their divisions.

Cadet of the Year Emma, a student at Heanor Gate Science College, has been called on to use her first aid on a number of occasions. Her friend had an epileptic fit and stopped breathing during a PE lesson and in a separate incident, a girl injured her back during sports day at school.

She was surpised to be singled out as Cadet of the Year. “I was quite shocked when it was first announced, but this means a lot to me - it’s something I can be proud of,” she said.

Deputy Cadet of the Year Alice was inspired to join St John Ambulance by her mum who is a police medic and a Community First Responder - teams of local volunteers who are trained to be on an emergency scene quickly.

“This was the first time Dronfield had entered anyone for Cadet of the Year so I had no idea what to expect but I really enjoyed it,” said Alice. “I’m looking forward to the year, especially going to Buckingham Palace.”

Alice’s skills were put to the test on a gruelling trek in Nepal with the local church, when one of her friends slipped over a steep drop and Alice had to treat him for shock and severe grazing. On another occasion she came across an elderly man who had fallen in the street; she put him in the recovery position and stayed with him until an ambulance arrived.

Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet of the Year Laurisa has been a member fo the St John Ambulance since she was six, going on to the gain her Super Badger and Grand Prior awards. She now leads local Badger and Cadet units and hopes one day to become a doctor.

The honour comes during a memorable year for Laurisa: a county athlete, she won an English Championships title last July then, as a member of Derbyshire Ladies football team, was selected for a coaching trip to Trinidad.

She was thrilled to cap her hat-trick of successes with the SJA title: “I was ecstatic. I couldn’t believe I’d been picked. I’m really looking forward to all the events and meeting lots of new people - and going to Buckingham Palace is going to be amazing.”