Andrew McMartin |

Just in time for a very special Father’s Day, seven-year-old Max Ingram has been recognised with an ASB Super Saver Bravery Award for using lifesaving skills to help his father during a medical emergency.

Max, a Lytton Street School pupil in Feilding, was at home in June when his dad become very unwell, very quickly.

After his dad dialled 111, Max was handed the phone, and the year two pupil used the skills he learned through the ASB St John in Schools programme to direct emergency services to his home.

Speaking to the emergency call handler, Max says he “listened carefully to the instructions and helped the ambulance officers find our address”.

 “I was proud to help my dad when he needed it. It was scary but I tried to stay calm and do my best.”

When ambulance staff arrived, they were so impressed by Max’s bravery he was rewarded with ice cream and stickers.

His mother, Rebecca, was equally impressed.

“We’re so proud of Max for being so brave. His actions helped Ricky to no end, and we want to thank Hato Hone St John for their fast response and for supporting Ricky and Max during an incredibly scary time.”

Mark Graham, ASB Executive Manager Commercial Partnerships, says “It’s rewarding to see these vital skills practiced outside the classroom – we’re proud of Max and the impact the ASB St John in Schools programme has had on this family.

“Max is a great example for others who have gone through this programme on how to respond in an emergency”.

Max, who was presented with the ASB Super Saver Award at a special school assembly, is the 55th young New Zealander to receive the honour.

He’s also one of more than one million tamariki to have benefited from the ASB St John in Schools programme. Catering to pre-school, primary and intermediate-aged children, the programme empowers young New Zealanders with lifesaving skills and the confidence to act in an emergency.

Megan Lawton, a Hato Hone St John Community Educator, has taught the programme to nearly 3,000 children at schools across Manawatu, including Lytton Street School, where Max took part in the course in May this year.

Ms Lawton says children respond particularly well to the “hands-on” nature of the programme.

“The interactive aspect really helps children remember the skills they’ve been taught. They learn how to put a patient on their side, make a 111 call, and learn how to stay safe in an emergency.”

Max’s dad is currently recovering in Christchurch Hospital.

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