Air Cadet Warrant Officer ZAKARY WARBURTON and Air Cadet Sergeant GEORGIA BLAKENEY
Testimonial on Vellum
In the chaos and uncertainty that followed immediately after the Manchester Arena terrorist attack on 22 May 2017 Zak WARBURTON and Georgia BLAKENEY administered first aid to the wounded. Georgia treated 2 people with severe head injuries and lacerations to the legs by applying pressure and dressings. She then went to the first aid room where she treated a man who had been inside the foyer when the bomb exploded. His ear had been amputated and he had arterial bleeding, so she applied pressure to the wound. Zak, not knowing if there were further bombs to explode, triaged casualties, covered the dead, and provided comfort to the relatives. Zak helped treat a man whose lower leg had been blown off and applied a tourniquet. He then went to help Georgia who was working alone on the man with arterial bleeding. She was still applying pressure to the man’s neck, and he was close to death. The two cadets worked together to staunch the bleeding until paramedics arrived. Paramedics later stated that Zac and Georgia’s initial actions and calm professionalism in a terrifying situation had saved that man’s life.
For their courage and commitment that night Zak WARBURTON and Georgia BLAKENEY were awarded the Royal Humane Society’s Testimonial on Vellum.