Kalamunda woman receives St John Ambulance Community Hero Award for saving motorcyclist’s life

KERRYN Armstrong-Jones was sitting outside her Kalamunda home with friends on Boxing Day 2015 when she heard what sounded like a car backfiring.

Walking outside to investigate the noise she saw a young man lying on the road after his motorcycle collided with a truck at the intersection of Kalamunda and Priory roads.

“He was face down and looked really banged up,” she said.

“I felt for a pulse and there was none. I asked a young girl to call 000, rolled him over and started compressions.

“After a few compressions he started spluttering and moaning.

“He looked like he had broken nearly every bone in his body.”

Kerryn stayed with 23-year-old Santos Fernande until an ambulance arrived and worked with officers to stabilise his arm for transport.

St John Ambulance paramedics who arrived at the scene said Santos, who suffered fractures and head injuries in the crash, was alive and well today thanks to Kerryn’s efforts.

Kerryn said she was humbled to receive a commendation in the St John Ambulance Community Hero Awards for her actions.

“I didn’t tell a lot of people about the accident but is nice someone thought it was worthy of being nominated,” she said.

“I have done a lot of first aid training courses, but this is the first time I have needed to use it.

“I was a swimming instructor a long time ago which I needed CPR training for and I also completed a lot of training as a prison officer at Bandyup Women’s Prison.

“I’ve also spent a lot of time at football clubs and am quite happy to jump in; I’m certainly not scared of blood.”

Kerryn said she was grateful all of her first training came back to her in a time of crisis.

“If I had not been able to do anything, Santos would not be alive today,” she said.

“I am proud I saved a life and if Santos ever knocks on my door I’d be happy to say hello.

“His mum and two brothers came to see me to say thank you for helping Santos.

“They said he would come and say hello once he was released from hospital but it looked like he would be in for a long recovery.”

The St John Ambulance Community Hero Awards are given annually to honour individuals who have displayed enormous courage, and exceptional judgement in assisting another human being with an emphasis on delivering critical first aid.