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Diss Junior Academy pupils Archie and Jack use Crucial Crew training to help a friend in need

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Two Diss Junior Academy pupils used their knowledge attained from a Crucial Crew event to stay calm and help a friend in need.

Archie Turner, Jack Eakers and Ricky Eakers. Picture: Norfolk County Council. (3323714)
Archie Turner, Jack Eakers and Ricky Eakers. Picture: Norfolk County Council. (3323714)

Ricky Eakers, 11, fell from his bike while riding to school in Victoria Road earlier this month, cutting his arm and leg.

His twin brother, Jack, and friend Archie Turner, both 11, stepped in to help him, using training they received at Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service's Crucial Crew event.

Staying calm, one of the boys stayed with Ricky while the other went off to get help and stopped an ambulance at a nearby petrol station.

A passing lorry driver also stopped to help Ricky after the accident and he was taken to hospital, where he had three stitches in his knee, while his arm and leg were bandaged.

All three boys had taken part in Crucial Crew – a scheme that delivers practical workshops to Year 6 pupils on staying safe – only days prior to the accident.

"There's no doubt that Crucial Crew was invaluable," said the twins' mum, Sharon.

"The boys were calm, didn't try to move Ricky and worked as a team to look after him and get help.

"I didn't expect their training to be put into practice quite so quickly.

"Thankfully, Ricky was wearing a cycle helmet or his injuries could have been a lot worse."

Jack and Archie were given medals in a school assembly, with Ricky returning to school after a couple of days.

Crucial Crew has been running in Norfolk since 2003, with 60,000 children taking part.

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