On Sunday 6 November Cadet Matthew Walter and his mother Gina Walter were returning home from Army Cadet Camp and found themselves to be the second car on the scene of a car accident on the Bray Bridge.
Mrs Walter said:
“The first car there was calling the police, so I said to Matthew “We have to help.” The last thing we needed was more cars coming round the bend and into the back of us, so I sent him to direct the traffic away from the accident. He stood in the road for 45 minutes, stopping cars and advising them they had to turn round as there was no way through.
We were on the scene for almost an hour, during which time Matthew was extremely responsible and did as he was asked, even though he said that not all drivers would listen to him.
We left once the paramedic arrived, but have since learned that one of the drivers in the crash was taken to hospital with life threatening injuries – her parents were twice told that they might lose her due to internal bleeding.
I was very proud of Matthew that day. He looked very smart in his Army uniform and conducted himself superbly.”
When Mrs Walter and Matthew arrived on the scene, Matthew asked his mum if they had to do a DR ABC, which he’d learnt at cadets. The immediate danger was twofold: the cars involved in the incident as they were still running, and the traffic which could have impacted the situation further – which is why Mrs Walter then put her son in charge of redirecting vehicles to avoid any further collisions.