Imogen Named Top Cadet Leader

Imogen Named Top Cadet Leader

21 November 2014

Young Heathfield woman Imogen Lee has dealt with more medical situations than most people her age, including heart attacks, anaphylaxis, dehydration and grazed knees.

Now the 20-year-old St John Ambulance SA volunteer has been awarded for her years of service by becoming the organisation's Cadet Leader of the Year.

As a cadet leader Miss Lee mentors volunteer St John cadets between the ages of eight and 18 and has been an active member of the St John Ambulance Blackwood division for the past decade.

"I'm trained in medical first response, which means I know a higher level of senior first aid," she said.

In recognition of her dedication to the Australia-wide organisation, Miss Lee was given an aiguillette a braided cord accessory worn on the shoulder of her formal uniform.

"I love the fact that I'm helping people and also helping all of my cadets to learn first aid, which is such a useful skill," she said.

"I've made lots of good friends as well."

On most weekends Miss Lee can be spotted at events including Christmas pageants and markets, and larger functions at the Entertainment Centre and Adelaide Oval.

"We deal with everything from Band-Aids to heart attacks, dehydration and allergies," she said.

"If anyone is at a point where they need to go to hospital, then we call an ambulance straight away."

Miss Lee said her first aid knowledge had guided her through many stressful situations, including a time with friends. .

"I was in a car with some friends, and one of the girls blacked out and stopped responding to us," she said.

"I knew what to do and how to look after her, by making sure that she was still breathing while we drove her to hospital.

Onlookers "I would have been freaking out if I had no idea what to do.

"When that sort of thing happens you just do your job, you don't worry about whether people are watching you."

In addition to her St John commitments Miss Lee also holds a part-time job and is a thirdyear science student at Flinders University.

"I'm one of those stock standard over achievers," she said.

"My family has always been involved in volunteering and my grandpa has a big history in St John.

"I'm not planning on giving it up."

Mount Barker Courier, Mount Barker SA  by Melissa Keoah