Local paramedic hero needs your vote

2011-07-04 00:00

LOCAL paramedic Jack Haskins jnr of Netcare 911 is in the running for a hero award in the Centrum Guardian of the year 2011 awards, and he needs your vote.

Last year Haskins went to the rescue of a family after they had been stung by a swarm of bees in Glenwood, Pietermaritzburg. Two children between the ages of six and 18 months were badly stung.

Three others were also stung, but sustained only bruises and swelling to their faces. Terence King, his wife Hazel, their daughter Fiona Sampson, their granddaughter Sharmel Roussow and great-grandchildren Tervone Sampson and Brayleyn Roussow were attacked by bees that emerged from behind their house. Sharmel is allegedly allergic to bees.

Terence told The Witness at the time that the bees had been living in his property for the past 15 years without bothering anyone.

The website www.centrumguardian.com reports that Haskins, bravely putting his fears aside, went to the rescue of the children.

“The call was logged as a bites/stings case, which could mean almost anything, so Jack was unsure of what exactly to expect.

“On arrival Jack saw that an ambulance and another response vehicle had already arrived at the scene. But with the swarm hanging around the house the crew were reluctant to even leave their vehicles.

“Jack could see a man standing at a window calling for help: he shouted that the house had already been invaded by the swarm, and two little children that were still in the house had been badly stung. Jack did not hesitate for a moment. He left his response vehicle and ran to the house through the swarm, which stung him several times.

“He found the children lying on the couch, badly stung, red and swollen. Jack got the ambulance to back up as close as possible to the doorway of the house and after covering both children in towels, ran out with them, one at a time, to the waiting ambulance.

The children were taken to hospital for further treatment.

Vote online at www.centrumguardian.com or by SMSing the trait of your favourite guardian (initiative, courage, endurance, strength or passion) to 36776 (standard rates). See the Guardians on SABC3 from Monday, August 1 to Friday, August 5 at 6.57 pm, between Isidingo and the news.

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