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Off duty nurse and two male motorists thanked for their actions at serious traffic collision

February 26 2019

An off-duty nurse and a motorist who stopped to help at the scene of a serious road traffic collision near Cannock have been commended for their actions.

This was a particularly distressing incident for anyone to come across as it involved four young children and a mother. Despite this, Abi and James set to and did all they could to help.

Chief Fire Officer Becci Bryant

Abi Tibbins, of Homestead Drive, Sutton Coldfield, along with James Baldwin of Brooklime, Tamworth and another member of the public who did not want to be named, came across the collision on the A5 at the junction of Gains Lane, Little Wyrley, Cannock on Thursday, October 18, 2018 and stopped to see how they could help. 

Two cars were involved, one of which was carrying a mother and her four children who were all under the age of 10. The mother was trapped and all five occupants were in need of medical attention. Abi and James helped look after two of the children, ensuring their condition didn’t deteriorate and reassured them while their mother was being released. 

Chief Fire Officer Becci Bryant, who presented Abi and James with a certificate of commendation an event in Cannock last night (Monday, February 25), said: “This was a particularly distressing incident for anyone to come across as it involved four young children and a mother. Despite this, Abi and James set to and did all they could to help. 

“The calm and unruffled way in which they dealt with the situation and helped to reassure the children not only helped them, but also made life easier for the firefighters who were trying to release their mother. The children had been injured themselves, and their efforts to keep them stable and make sure they did not deteriorate until paramedics arrived and took over were incredibly valuable. ” 

“First aid administered quickly can often be the difference between a good outcome and a tragic one. I’m very pleased to be able to express the Service’s gratitude to James and Abi for all they did on this occasion.”