New City College student Ella Payne has been recognised for her ‘superb citizenship’ after she gave first aid to an elderly man who had fallen in the street.
Ella Payne, 17, who is studying Business at the Epping Forest campus in Loughton, was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation by the college’s Deputy Principal Sue Clark.
Ella was on her lunch break and walking along nearby Debden Broadway, when she saw the 74-year-old man lying injured on the ground.
She said: “I ran over to him because he looked to be in a bad way and I could see that his ring had cut into and injured his finger. I helped him up and started giving him First Aid, which I had learnt from a course I had taken at college.
“As I helped him walk to sit down at a café, the teacher who led the First Aid course at college happened to come along, but she said I was doing such a good job, she let me carry on.”
Ella asked the café owners for tea towels and water and held the man’s hand up in the air while she rang for an ambulance and waited for the man’s wife to arrive.
She added: “He was quite shaken up and confused. He’d knocked some teeth out and was upset, so I wanted to make sure he was all right. He told me he was on his way to get the bus home and suddenly fell.”