A quick thinking Solihull care home worker has been honoured by after rescuing a driver trapped in a car.
Debbie Kite, of Delrene Road, Shirley, gave oxygen to the 82-year-old man after the car he was driving overturned outside The Bupa Priory Care Home in Monkspath.
She said: “When I got there the car was on its roof and the driver was conscious, but trapped inside the vehicle. The first thing I did was climb into the vehicle, turn the engine off, cut his seatbelt and check for serious injury, and because it had obviously been quite a serious impact, I also administered oxygen to him.”
Debbie, aged 38, was one of several care home staff who rushed to help after hearing the accident take place on November 16 last year.
Her actions have now been recognised at the Excellence in the Community Awards, organised by West Midlands Ambulance Service.
She said: “I was really taken aback when I received a letter telling me my actions were going to be recognised, but it’s a nice feeling too. I also owe a huge debt of gratitude to Andy Jeynes, from West Midlands Ambulance Service, for the help he has given me and all Community First Responders. He’s a truly inspirational figure and provides the sort of support that is simply invaluable to anyone in the field of healthcare.”
Stephen Whitfield, home manager at The Priory Care Home, in Shelly Crescent, said: “Debbie is by nature quite a quiet person, but this is typical of her personality. Like all the workers here, she puts the care of others first, and we’re all tremendously proud of the actions she – and indeed other members of the team here – took on the day. Her background in healthcare, and the fact she has many different skill sets acquired over the years, were definitely a huge positive for everyone involved.”