Three West Yorkshire cadets have been congratulated for their quick thinking after they witnessed a road traffic accident near Leeds.

Tyler Shaw (13), Max Burns (13) and Rhoda Wood (12) were cycling together when two cars were involved in a collision in front of them. The trio, who are all cadets with the Woodlesford Detachment of B Company, Yorkshire North and West (YN&W) Army Cadet Force (ACF), immediately put their first aid and incident management skills into practise and hurried to the scene.

Tyler said: “We noticed that smoke was starting to come from one of the cars so we told both drivers to turn off their engines. There were no apparent injuries in one vehicle, but two people in the other car were clearly hurt so I rang the emergency services while Max and Rhoda began treatment.

“We made sure both people were kept still and warm, and we made sure that they didn’t take any of the food and drink that was being offered to them by the people who had started to gather around us.”

The cadets stayed at the scene until paramedics and the police arrived then carried on their way after giving the emergency services a detailed brief.

Their Detachment Commander, Staff Sergeant Instructor (SSI) Pete Armstrong and the rest of the Detachment expressed their pride when they were told about the incident.

SSI Armstrong said: “The actions of these cadets are typical of the young people we have in the ACF – they are active members of the community who are trained to deal successfully with a variety of situations.”

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