National honour for Loanhead first aid teenager

Bilston Glen First Aider Shona Chalmers (17) has won a Brave@Heart Award from the Scottish Government after being nominated by St Andrew's First Aid. Photo: Chris Watt

Bilston Glen First Aider Shona Chalmers (17) has won a Brave@Heart Award from the Scottish Government after being nominated by St Andrew's First Aid. Photo: Chris Watt

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A Bonnyrigg teenager has received a Brave@Heart award for her “determination and maturity” after a pedestrian was knocked down.

Shona Chalmers was travelling along Clerk Street, Loanhead, with her mum Johan when they saw an elderly man being struck by a car.

Shona (17), an assistant cadet officer with the Bilston Glen First Aid Group, took charge of the scene.

At 5pm, it was one of the busiest times of the day in Loanhead town centre.

Shona, an S6 pupil at the Lasswade High, directed traffic, including double decker buses, around the incident as Johan, a first aid volunteer, treated the elderly casualty.

Shona, who wants to be a paramedic, also took care of the car driver.

Members of the public tried to tell Shona to move the man onto his side, but Shona resisted their pressure, knowing this could cause further problems.

“We do all these competition scenarios but it becomes instinct,” said Johan.

Shona, who lives in Rowan Gardens, was nominated for the award by the St Andrew’s First Aid in recognition of her “calm determination and maturity beyond her years”.

The teen received her award from First Minister Alex Salmond at a ceremony at Edinburgh Castle honouring blue light professionals and volunteers.