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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Cumbria Schoolboy who saved dad’s life nominated for a national award

THE heroic Millom schoolboy who saved his dad’s life after a massive cardiac arrest has been nominated for a national award.

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FATHER AND SON Bailie Kershaw with dad Chris Kershaw HARRY ATKINSON REF: 50048412B002

Bailie Kershaw, 12, from Festival Road, Millom, has been invited to head to London for the 2014 Spirit of Fire Awards, organised by The Fire Fighters Charity, after being nominated for a Youth Courage Award.

The Millom School pupil was the only other person in his family’s home when his 59-year-old dad Chris Kershaw collapsed after going upstairs to ask Bailie to switch off his Xbox.

The quick-witted youngster rushed downstairs to call an ambulance before performing lifesaving chest compressions – using skills he picked up at a demonstration by Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service.

Bailie performed CPR for around five minutes before paramedics from Millom Hospital arrived and managed to restart Mr Kershaw’s heart with a defibrillator.

The Youth Courage Award is presented to a young person under 18 who “has shown remarkable bravery when confronted with a fire and rescue situation, or who has shown great courage in the face of personal adversity”.

In October Bailie met celebrities including popstars The Saturdays and Peter Andre while being honoured with a Child of Courage trophy at the 2013 Pride of Britain Awards.

The Spirit of Fire event is held annually to honour members of the fire and rescue service, and members of the public, by recognising bravery within the fire community and dedication to The Fire Fighters Charity.

Community secretary Eric Pickles MP has described these awards as “a fantastic opportunity to proudly showcase the very best of our fire and rescue service and also to show our admiration for those who have battled in the face of adversity, or performed a heroic act of bravery and courage”.

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service is also nominated for “fire service of the year”.

Winners will be announced at Westminster Park Plaza on May 16.

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