Local youth receives Medal of Bravery

Due to his extraordinary efforts when his family was in crisis

Haiden Watson

On Nov. 5, Haiden Watson was presented with the Medal of Bravery by B.C. Ambulance Service and Air Cadets.

Watson is an Aboriginal Grade 11 student at CSS who participated in the local Cadet First Aid program. Watson’s dad (Brian) was in a bike accident that left him unconscious and unable to breathe.

Because of the training Watson received, he was able to stay calm, keep everyone around him calm, take over the emergency situation until the ambulance arrived, revive his dad and supported his family with maturity beyond his years.

He was so focused that he took away his mother’s keys when Brian was loaded into the ambulance and would not allow her to drive until he felt she was safe enough to do so. The family notified the cadet leaders of Watson’s bravery and commended them on their First Aid training program. They in turn were so impressed with Watson’s ability to use what he learned, they recommended he be recognized for his bravery.

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