Hero teen Jennifer races to the rescue
The Paisley Daily Express has reported that a caring schoolgirl has been praised after she came to the rescue of a shopper who was suffering a seizure in Paisley town centre. Jennifer Kowalski leapt into action when she witnessed the young man’s seizure just outside Paisley Abbey.
The 16-year-old Paisley Grammar School pupil was walking along Gauze Street when she spotted the man lying on the ground and shaking, with his mother pleading for help. While other passers-by ignored the man, Jennifer – who studies first aid with the St Andrew’s First Aid organisation – offered her assistance. She used her mobile phone to call for an ambulance but, as she tried to help the 30-year-old man, the situation deteriorated.
Jennifer explained: “He was clearly distressed and he got up and started kicking out at a bus shelter. Then he attacked some elderly people who were nearby. One lady was knocked over and he also kicked out at other people who were passing by. “His mum was trying to calm him down but he started pulling her hair. It was quite shocking to see what was happening and I knew the man needed help, so I used my phone to ask for the police to come along as well. By this point, a few other people had come over to help and they were trying to calm him down.”
When the emergency services arrived at the scene, paramedics attended to women who had been injured during the incident, while police officers helped the man who had suffered a fit. Jennifer, who is a prefect at Paisley Grammar, said: “The first thing you are taught at first aid training is to phone for an ambulance when someone is having a fit. I was just happy to help out when I could and the police officers thanked me, which was nice.”
Jennifer’s proud mum, Rebecca, added: “It’s nice to see a teenager going out of her way to be helpful when others were walking on by. She is a credit to Paisley Grammar School.”
Police have confirmed that officers attended the incident, which took place at around 1.50pm last Saturday, and that no charges are being brought against the 30-year-old man who was involved.