South Elmsall first aider’s award for 63 years’ service

19th May 2010''community focus on Yorkshire Rose First Aid Society. They meet at the Miners Institute, Moorthorpe, on Wednesday evenings.Pictured: Arthur Johnson with members.''PICTURES: MATTHEW PAGE
19th May 2010''community focus on Yorkshire Rose First Aid Society. They meet at the Miners Institute, Moorthorpe, on Wednesday evenings.Pictured: Arthur Johnson with members.''PICTURES: MATTHEW PAGE

A South Elmsall man who has spent 63 years providing first aid at community events has been given a lifetime achievement award.

Arthur Johnson, 74, who recently retired, was given the award at the Yorkshire Rose First Aid Society’s presentation evening.

Mr Johnson of Hutton Drive, joined St John Ambulance as a cadet when he was 11 and a pupil at Upton Secondary School.

Around 20 years ago he helped set up the Yorkshire Rose First Aid Society, which helps provide first aid at football matches, galas, fetes and concerts across the district.

He said: “I said this was my last year but I never expected this. I am completely overjoyed to receive the award.

“I am one of the last founding members of the society to retire.

“I’ve seen lots of changes in the way treatment is carried out since I started, but in the past few years I have been giving advice and sharing my knowledge.”

Mr Johnson has previously won awards for his dedication to first aid.

In the 1970s he was honoured with The Serving Brother Award from St John Ambulance.

In 2010 he was given a medal and certificate by South Elmsall Town Council for his services to the town.

Eamon Timmons, also a member of the society, presented the award to Mr Johnson.

He said: “It was a privilege handing the award over to such a good man.

“He has done so much and he is a stalwart of our community.”

Members of the society also teach first aid to organisations and run classes for local people at the Minsthorpe Hotel, Minsthorpe Lane.