Education student Zachary Mills has been recognised for his quick-thinking and skills in first aid after saving a woman in medical distress during a field trip in the Grampians.
Zachary was in the middle of an orientation exercise as part of his coursework when he came across the woman who was suffering from several life-threatening symptoms on the Mackenzie Falls track.
He was able to administer first aid for over an hour before emergency services arrived on the scene, and says that his training as a lifeguard gave him the experience needed to offer the necessary care.
“As I lifeguard I have come across situations which are life and death and I’m thankful that I walked past her on this day and was able to make a difference,” says Zachary.
“I fear that her situation may have been fatal had she not received first aid.”
Zachary has since been presented with a public service certificate by Joss Rankin, Lecturer in Education in the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work.