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Monday, 20 October 2014

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Award for pair who saved Cumbrian teenager’s life

Two men who helped a teenage cyclist whose skull was so badly smashed that his brain was exposed are to receive awards.

Jack Pollock photo
Jack Pollock

Chris Tomlinson, 43, and James Taylor, 41, helped 16-year-old Jack Pollock, of Glenridding, until emergency services could reach the remote accident scene.

The incident happened on the Kirkstone Pass in August with the two men who came to the boy’s aid now poised to collect certificates of commendation for their actions.

Mr Tomlinson, of Long Marton, near Appleby, and Mr Taylor, of Harlow, Essex, will receive the honours from the Royal Humane Society.

Society secretary Dick Wilkinson said: “These two men were faced with a horrific scene, as this young man suffered a smashed skull.

“The skin from his forehead was detached and covering his face and his brain was exposed.

“Jack had fallen off his bicycle at speed and his helmetless head hit the stone wall bordering the road several times.

“They did all they could to keep him warm, to keep his airway open and to stem his bleeding until paramedics arrived by air. They intubated the victim and flew him to hospital.

“There is little doubt though that Mr Taylor and Mr Tomlinson made the difference between life and death in their swift first aid.”

Jack and another youth were cycling down the very steep pass at about 30-35mph – so fast that Mr Tomlinson, who was following in a van, could not keep up with them. Mr Taylor and his family were in a separate car coming up the hill when they came upon the accident.

Mr Wilkinson added: “Both men were quite frankly the right people in the right place at the right time and they both richly deserve the awards they are to receive.”

No date has been fixed for the presentation of the awards but it is likely to be in the near future.

Jack has been recovering in hospital and at home with his family.

He has taken a year off Penrith’s Ullswater Community College to get over his injuries and is due to return to classes in September.

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