A Welsh reservist rushed to the aid of a two-year-old boy who was knocked unconscious after falling and hitting his head.
Corporal Chris Lock, who serves with 157 (Welsh) Transport Regiment, noticed the toddler was not breathing and also fell into a seizure and turned blue around his face.
Chris immediately administered CPR, a vital skill learned from his time serving in the reserves.
“I saw my two-year-old neighbour, Logan, fall as he was walking towards me,” said Chris, from Llwynypia in the Rhondda and who is also a retained firefighter with Tonypandy Fire Service.
“Unfortunately, due to a knock to the head he was unconscious and not breathing and his fall had caused him to also have a seizure, so I had to wait this out until I could commence the CPR, but by this time he was turning blue and it was evident he needed help quickly”.
Chris called 999 but was told by the operator there could be a two-hour wait for the ambulance so he acted quickly, using his contacts to call colleagues at the local fire station who could perhaps respond quicker, which they did.
“I continued to administer CPR until, thankfully, he was revived,” said Chris. “Once my colleagues arrived from the fire station they took control and rushed Logan to hospital.
“There were other members of the public nearby, but none were confident enough to support me, therefore I was delivering CPR by myself until help arrived.
“I’m thankful the boy has made a full recovery and that I was around with the correct training.”
Little Logan Bees’ dad Nathan, a 31-year-old factory worker, said it all happened very quickly.
“Logan had gone to have a nose at what Chris was up to in his garden as both our families get along really well and are in and out of each other’s houses all the time,” he said.
“On the way though he slipped and fell and me and my wife Gemma could see he was in trouble.
“But, before we could do anything, Chris was there giving him mouth to mouth, which brought him back to life.
“Then, after we got told there’d be a two-hour wait for an ambulance, Chris called his mates at the fire station in Tonypandy and they were on the scene in minutes to take Logan to the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Pontyclun in their fire engine.”
There, a consultant told Logan’s worried parents that it was a viral infection which had possibly led to the seizure, which had then caused him to fall.
Luckily, Logan was given the all clear a few days later and discharged
“Chris keeps telling us he was just doing his job, but his actions went way beyond that,” said Nathan.
“We honestly can’t thank him enough for what he did. Me and Gemma felt totally powerless as it was all happening – we’re so glad he was there.”
Captain James Restell, 157 (Welsh) Regiment, was full of praise for Chris.
“Corporal Lock’s quick thinking and decisive action were fantastic and exactly the attributes we want from our Junior Non-Commissioned Officers in our regiment. We are very proud to call him one of our own.”