Family hero

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Family hero thumbnailThe crumpled car in which Able Cadet Lewis Allisonís family was travelling on the A26 last Monday. Miraculously no-one was seriously hurt in the accident. GB02333 p1

A TEENAGE Ballymena sea cadet has dramatically described how his training helped him to rescue his family after a horrific crash on the main A26 Lisnevenagh Road dual carriageway last week.
Brave 16-year-old Able Cadet Lewis Allison, from the Ballymena Sea Cadet Unit, came to the aid of his injured family in the aftermath of the accident, keeping them calm and lifting them to safety.
Following the two-car collision between Ballymena and Antrim, Lewis helped his dad, Thomas, his dad's partner, Hazel Edgar, and her son, Stuart.
He said he would not have responded in this way had it not been for the the skills and values taught as a member of the Sea Cadets.
Able Cadet Lewis, who is now recovering from the incident, kept trapped Ms Edgar calm, and lifted eight-year-old Stuart out of the vehicle. Ms Edgar was later cut free by the emergency services.
Sixteen-year-old student Lewis, who has applied to join the Royal Navy Reserves, said: "My dad's partner's son is only eight years old and has cerebral palsy, so I was quite worried about him - he was first on my priority list to get out of the car in case he had a seizure. I lifted him out of the window to a passer-by.
“I went back for my dad, because he was in the air from the seatbelt, he had no support at all, and I helped him.
*Read the full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.


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