Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Commendation for quick-thinking Virgin Atlantic crew member

Lynsey Cole, Virgin Atlantic cabin crewThis past January, Lynsey Cole was on her way home from work when she came upon the scene of an automobile accident. Lynsey, who works for Virgin Atlantic as cabin crew, stopped her car to render assistance. Still wearing her uniform, she helped others to move the injured motorist away from his overturned car, which was on fire. She then administered first aid to the injured man until paramedics arrived on the scene.

Earlier this month, Lynsey Cole, who resides in Bristol, England, was formally commended for her actions by the Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service. Chief Fire Officer Andy Goves presented Lynsey with a certificate, and said:

"I am extremely pleased to be able to recognise Lynsey’s actions with this special commendation, through her brave efforts along with other motorists, she helped in saving a life. Throughout the ordeal and without any emergency services being on the scene, Lynsey remained calm and professional, so much so that she played down her part in the rescue!

“She is a credit not only to herself, but to her family and the company she works for. I know that the firefighters at the scene were impressed with her response and brought her actions to my attention for appropriate formal recognition. The Crew Manager in charge of the incident stated he would happy for Lynsey to join the Fire & Rescue Service should she ever consider changing careers - our gain would be Virgin’s loss!"
Here is what Lynsey Cole had to say about the event:
"After seeing the car accident I realised quickly that it was serious and that because of my training, I could maybe be of some help. It didn’t occur to me that being on the wrong side of the motorway would be a problem so I decided to stop and walk across to the other side. I think because I was in my work uniform I was still in work mode so my reaction was to help as quickly as possible and use my first aid training. I was just pleased I could help and feel honoured to receive this commendation."
Lynsey also was publicly praised by Sir Richard Branson, President of Virgin Atlantic.

Congratulations to Lynsey Cole on her well-deserved commendation, and for being such a credit to the flight attendant profession.

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