Showsec heroine Cherice Wallen saves young boy’s life in Manchester

Posted On 16 Dec 2014
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Cherice Wallen – a member of Showsec’s Christmas Market team – has been hailed a life-saving heroine for preventing a young boy from choking to death in Manchester.

Wallen responded swiftly and decisively to a medical emergency in the city centre by administering crucial First Aid treatment when it became apparent the child was in extreme difficulty after an item of food had lodged in his throat.

Although the Emergency Services had been alerted, Wallen decided to act when she noticed the boy turning blue and performed the Heimlich Maneuver to dislodge the piece of food, much to the huge relief of everyone who was present at the scene.

“Cherice’s ability to remain calm in such a terrifying situation and her swift response to the emergency saved a child’s life,” said operations executive David Bradshaw, who’s responsible for overseeing Showsec’s security operation at the market. “The family involved were immensely grateful for her actions and returned later with a gift and a card that simply read: ‘Thanks for saving my life’.”

Bradshaw added: “This course of action was above and beyond the service which we offer, but that’s something Cherice strives for in each shift that she works for Showsec.”

As well as the boy’s parents, Manchester’s Christmas market managers have also presented Wallen with a gift in recognition of her actions.

First Aid training with St John Ambulance

“I was just doing my job,” said Wallen with typical modesty. “I always try to do my very best to help members of the public. That’s an essential part of the role. The significance of what I had done didn’t really hit me until afterwards when I was back at my position and I saw the parents cuddling the young boy. It was then that I was overcome by the emotion of it all. There were a few tears shed.”

Wallen continued: “At the time, you don’t stop to think about what you’re doing. You just get on with using the skills you’ve developed to deal with the situation in front of you.”

Wallen decided at a very early point in her time with Showsec to go and acquire some First Aid training with St John Ambulance. “This is most definitely one of those occasions when it all seemed worthwhile because you cannot put a price on someone’s life,” said Wallen.

The young boy was given a clean bill of health by the Ambulance Service when they arrived on the scene and was able to continue on his day out.

While the family are hugely indebted to Cherice for her swift and decisive actions, they’ve asked to remain anonymous. Of course, Showsec absolutely respects those wishes.

 

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.