The Real Stories

Rikki Cameron

17-year-old Rikki Cameron was driving home from work late one night near Margaret River, WA, when she witnessed a horrific motor vehicle accident.

The driver of one car was seriously injured and not breathing.

Without hesitation, Rikki got out of her own car and provided vital first aid in the minutes before the ambulance arrived.

Rikki’s quick thinking in extremely distressing circumstances saved the driver’s life.

Nicole Tolhurst and Rod – The Real Story

Nicole Tolhurst, now 29-years-old, was involved in a serious car accident on 29 November, 2007. On the corner of Carrington and Marmion Streets in Palmyra, Nicole’s car went over the bonnet of another vehicle and continued through a brick wall. Nicole was unconscious and slumped over the steering wheel of her car, unable to breathe.

Thanks to the quick thinking of her rescuer (Rod Baltovich), Nicole is alive today to tell her amazing story. Rod had recently completed a first aid course with St John Ambulance and knew that he had to assist Nicole before the arrival of the ambulance.

With a basic knowledge of first aid, Rod knew that that it took only four minutes for an unconscious road accident victim (with no other serious injury) to die from a blocked airway.

By tilting Nicole’s head back and unblocking her airway before the arrival of the ambulance, Rod’s basic first aid skills allowed Nicole to start breathing again and undoubtedly saved her life.

Ian Jacobs

St John Ambulance WA Clinical Services Director Prof Ian Jacobs says it takes only four minutes for a road trauma victim with no serious injuries to die from a blocked airway.

Even with one of the best ambulance services in the world, it can take up to 10 minutes for an ambulance to arrive at the scene of an accident.

Prof Jacobs says everyone has the capacity to learn basic first aid. All it takes is 30 minutes to complete the Clicktosave course and learn basic first aid skills that could save a life.

Jerry Kuznik and Alison

In December 2011 Jerry Kuznik was driving towards Fremantle when he suffered a cardiac arrest as he approached an intersection. Alison was sitting in her car at the traffic lights when she noticed Jerry slumped over the wheel of his car, which was still moving. She quickly jumped out of her pulled Jerry out of his moving vehicle and started to perform CPR.