'My angels that day'

Paper carriers among those recognized at Lifesavers event

TC Media newsroom@thewesternstar.com
Published on June 7, 2013
In a ceremony at Government House on Thursday afternoon, the St. John Ambulance honoured 18 Newfoundlanders and Labradorians with Life-Saving Awards and Provincial Certificates of Commendation for their acts of bravery at its investiture and Life Saving Awards ceremony. Among the recipients were Braden Caitlin who received a gold life saving award and Telegram carrier Cameron Martin and his friend Brandon Murphy, who both received Certificates of Commendation "In recognition of his emergency response in saving a life on November 23, 2012 in Portugal Cove-St. Philip's." As well the ceremony included the Investiture of His Honour, Frank F. Fagan, the Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador, as a Knight of Grace in The Oder of St. John. From left, are Their Honours Frank and Patricia Fagan, Brandon Murphy, Braden Caitlin, Cameron Martin and Mairi Arthur of Halifax, N.S., Chancellor of The Prior of Canada, St. John Ambulance, the first woman to ever hold such a position.
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By Andrew Robinson

TC Media

ST. JOHN’S — A Telegram paper carrier was among those recognized Thursday at Government House in St. John’s for efforts that contributed to saving another person’s life.

Cameron Martin and his friend, Brandon Murphy, each received a Provincial Certificate of Commendation from St. John Ambulance at an awards ceremony presided over by Lt.-Gov. Frank F. Fagan and St. John Ambulance chancellor Mairi Arthur.

“It’s kind of unexpected for me, really,” Cameron said.

Last November, Cameron was in the middle of handling his daily route in Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s with Brandon tagging along. Approaching one home, the two 16-year-olds heard a person calling out for help.

Maynard King, 71, had been lying helpless for two hours. He fell while trying to get inside his garage through the side entrance. Cameron stayed with King while Brandon looked for help, eventually finding King’s wife inside the home.

Cameron, who had recently completed a first-aid course, knew it was best not to move King until authorities arrived.

In an interview with TC Media published in January, King referred to the two boys as “my angels that day.”

After the pair received their awards, Fagan remarked that it was great to see young people get recognized for doing an honourable thing.

Thursday’s event recognized 18 people in all. The top honour of the day went to 19-year-old Braden Caitlin, who received a Gold Life-Saving Award. He helped save the life of a man in Quebec whose truck went off a snow-covered highway and landed in a ravine 40 feet below.

Caitlin’s family was leaving a cottage and making their way home when they witnessed the accident. He said a recent 30-centimetre snowfall made the roads treacherous. His family pulled over and Caitlin jumped the guardrail and made his way through waist-deep snow to reach the driver.

The truck had overturned and the driver was semi-conscious, confused and in shock. Fortunately, Caitlin received first-aid training in order to become a lifeguard. He now works at an inshore rescue station in Bonavista Bay and hopes to one day find employment permanently with the Canadian Coast Guard.

Other honourees Thursday were Wanda Batten of Bay Roberts; Andy Cook, Vondale Cook, Derek Dyke, Dieter Gibbons and Marvin Rogers of Centreville-Wareham-Trinity; Clarence Cornick and Hilda Lowe of Port Saunders; Amelia Hickey of Conception Bay South; Ina Hodder of Grand Falls-Windsor; Brian Peckford of Lewisporte; and Michael O’Brien, Derek Pearce, James Webber and Nathan Whiffen of the Canadian Coast Guard vessel George R. Pearkes.

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