Cadet Sergeant Georgia Brinkley of (1109 Thetford) Squadron was awarded a prestigious Norfolk and Suffolk Wing Commanders Commendation for instinctive and exemplary conduct at the scene of an accident in 2015.
Georgia, 17, was passing along Croxton Road in Thetford with her mother who also serves as a Civilian Instructor at 1109 squadron, when she noticed an elderly gentleman struggling after being involved in a road accident. Without hesitation, they pulled over and Georgia used her first aid skills to assess the gentleman’s injuries, resulting in taking him to the local medical centre for further treatment.
Georgia was awarded the commendation at the squadron’s recent Families night in July 2015 by Squadron Leader Jason Allan of Norfolk and Suffolk Wing. Sergeant Brinkley said ‘I was so shocked as I really wasn’t expecting it, I am just glad I could put my first aid training into good use.’
Georgia hold the St John Ambulance Youth First Aid Award which she obtained through Air Cadet training, and this event proves that being instinctive and supporting the local community when they are in need can potentially save lives.
Wing Commander David Miller RAF VR(T) said ‘these actions of not passing by but helping someone in the community who was in need were brought to my attention, and it is for that reason I have awarded Cadet Sergeant Georgia Brinkley with my Officer Commanding Norfolk and Suffolk Wing Commendation for exemplary conduct’.
A very proud squadron commander, Flight Lieutenant Samuel Chapman-Allen added ‘The activities and training which the Air Cadet Organisation has to offer are not just exciting ones such as flying and shooting, but also these important life skills which in this case she put into practice’.