The Real Stories
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.
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.