Quick-thinking cadet praised after saving friend’s life

Lifesaver Fraiser Casson-Rennie

Lifesaver Fraiser Casson-Rennie - Credit: Archant

A teenager who leapt into action to save a friend who had stopped breathing has been praised for his quick-thinking.

Fraiser Casson-Rennie, 18, became a life-saver after one his friends suffered an extreme reaction to alcohol whilst on a night out last month.

The corporal, from 511 Ramsey Squadron Air Training Corps, was visiting local pubs and bars for his birthday when his friend, Simon Foster, began to feel unwell.

To the surprise of Mr Casson-Rennie, Mr Foster then collapsed in the street and stopped breathing – instead of panicking Mr Casson-Rennie jumped into action.

Taking control of the situation he began to perform first aid on Mr Foster, from Elm, putting him into the recovery position and then performing CPR.

Mr Casson-Rennie began to fear the worst but continued to care for his friend until paramedics from the East of England Ambulance Service arrived.

When the crew got to the scene the 18-year-old was praised for his actions and life-saving skills.

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Mr Foster was then taken to hospital where he was treated for the reaction by medical staff.

Following his heroism, friend Mr Foster said: “To perform CPR on a friend has to be one of the hardest tasks in life and I can tell you Fraiser did a fantastic job because I am here today.

“What a fantastic young man and I can only offer my thanks and love.”

However Mr Casson-Rennie has said that it wasn’t for his training in the Air Cadets the situation could have been far worse for Mr Foster.

He said: “I am very thankful for the training I received allowing me to save my friend’s life, it certainly will be a birthday I will remember.”

INFO: The Air Cadets are open to all aged 12-18 years and adults aged over 20 are welcome as staff.

511 Ramsey Squadron meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Redebourne Lane, in Bury.

E-mail 511@aircadets.org to be part of the Ramsey Squadron.