“Most Senior Casualty” a new record?
It was in the afternoon of Wednesday 25th June when the Buxton and Edale Joint Team Snatch Squad was called to the Limestone Way at Cales Dale. A walker, part of a large rambling group, had slipped and sustained very nasty upper arm and shoulder injuries. Access to this particular part of the Limestone Way is steep and narrow which made the stretcher evacuation quite difficult. However, within an hour our casualty was treated, offered pain relief and carried up to the ambulance which was waiting at One Ash Grange Farm. The casualty was taken initially to Chesterfield Royal Hospital and later transferred to Derby Royal Hospital where he remained for a week recovering from his broken bones.
Another job done and it wasn’t until October, when Mr Tucker from Ashbourne wrote to say thanks and offer a donation, that we checked our records. As far as can be assertained Mr Tucker, at 83 years young, holds the record for being the team’s “Most Senior Casualty”. Mr Tucker is now well on the mend and will hopefully be soon out rambling with his friends again. The team wish him well and have dispatched a certificate to note his record.
This set us wondering about our youngest casualty! I do recall one very snowy winter’s day in 1998 when the team took a heavily pregnant woman from a remote farmhouse to Stockport Maternity Hospital. Does that count?