Bromley Scout given top award for saving bus driver’s life

PUBLISHED: 10:19 03 May 2014

Katy Haig, 14, has been awarded the Chief Scout’s Commendation for Meritorious Conduct

Katy Haig, 14, has been awarded the Chief Scout’s Commendation for Meritorious Conduct


A 14-year-old Scout who saved a bus driver’s life has been honoured for her actions.

Katy Haig, of Orpington, was awarded the Chief Scout’s Commendation for Meritorious Conduct.

The presentation of the award took place during the Bromley Scout District’s St George’s Day celebrations.

The resourceful teenager sprang into action when the driver of a bus she was travelling on collapsed, falling out of his cab onto the floor, in November.

Katy, who is in 14th Bromley Scouts, was on her way home from an after-school netball session when the driver of the 358 bus, running from Orpington Bus Station to Crystal Palace Parade, pulled over.

She said: “No one else knew first aid and everyone was getting off the bus apart from my friends and me.

“I came down from the back of the bus, telephoned 999 and told them what had happened. I then put the bus driver in the recovery position and made sure he was OK.”

Shortly afterwards, the driver regained consciousness and complained of a pain in the head.

Katy put coats under his head to keep him upright and asked her friends to lay their coats over him as he had started shivering.

He asked her to stay with him until the ambulance arrived.

She said: “The ambulance arrived very quickly, in about 10 minutes. When the paramedics arrived, they told me that I had saved the bus driver’s life. I told them that I had learnt about the recovery position from my Scout leaders and I had been awarded my stage three emergency aid badge.”

Katy’s mother, Rachel Haig, said: “We are very proud of what Katy did. To respond like she did and think so quickly was amazing.”

Katy has received warm praise from many people in Scouting, who were impressed by her quick thinking and courage.

Katy’s Scout leader, Sarah-Jane Durman, said “We are all very proud of Katy’s prompt actions. We regularly provide these sort of skills to our young people, as you never know when they will come in handy. It’s one of the great things about being a flexible adult volunteer leader.”

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