St John Ambulance Community Hero Awards recognise life saving bravery across WA

IT may be a term more associated with footy but �anyone, anywhere, anytime� certainly rang true for Rearhn Centis and his mate Aidan Sadler.

The two boys sprung into action when Rearhn�s mum Natasha rushed into the lounge room and interrupted their computer games, unable to breathe or communicate because she had a large chunk of chicken lodged in her throat.

Sensing something was wrong, the seven-year-olds began delivering back blows between her shoulder blades and eventually dislodged the chicken.

In a move to honour everyday heroes like Rearhn and Aidan and other higher-profile lifesavers including Esperance shark attack victim Sean Pollard�s rescuers, St John Ambulance introduced its annual Community Heroes Awards.

Reflecting last week on the choking moment that eventually earned her son and his mate community heroes honours, Natasha said she still felt absolutely blessed.

�I want to seize every moment because what happened to me last year shows how fragile life can be and I am grateful even for the small moments and the little things my son and I do together,� she said.

�Rearhn and I have a deep bond as we always have, he has a sense of maturity and we�ve got each other�s back and to me I know I can rely on him despite the fact he is still quite young.�

St John chief executive Tony Ahern said the awards recognised people who had shown skill, selflessness and bravery to save a life.

�Decisive and fast action can have a significant positive impact on a person�s survival and recovery,� Mr Ahern said.

Award winners will be announced at an event at Government House on November 25.

Nominate a community hero

� St John Ambulance WA�s Community Hero Awards are awarded to people who have displayed courage and exceptional judgement in assisting another person, with an emphasis on delivering critical first aid.

� The �heroic� act must have occurred between October 2014 and October 2015.

� Nominations close October 16.

� Fill in the form on the St John Ambulance website.