A 17-year-old West Midlands Army cadet has received a rare bravery award from the Duke of Kent during a Royal visit to an Army training camp in Wiltshire.
LCpl Vicky Murray, from Selly Oak in Birmingham and a member of the Warwickshire and West Midlands South Army Cadet Force (ACF) received the Queen's Commendation for Bravery; the first Army cadet awarded a national honour since 1941. The award relates to an incident when Vicky was walking to Bourneville School one day two years ago when she saw an elderly woman pulling at curtains in a ground-floor flat from which smoke and flames could be seen.Disregarding her own injuries, Vicky treated the victim at the scene for shock while awaiting the ambulance. Sadly, the old lady's husband, overcome by smoke and burns, later died from his injuries. HRH The Duke of Kent presents LCpl Vicky Murray, aged 17, from Birmingham, with the Queen's Commendation for Bravery.[Picture: Sgt Dave Liddle, RLC]
"When I got there, people were just standing about and I felt I
had to do something," said Vicky."My training as an Army Cadet helped enormously, especially the first aid and taking command of the situation."Parents, Sue and Jim Murray, who is a former Territorial Army soldier, attended the ceremony where their daughter received her award."I am so very proud of her," said Sue. "The Army Cadet training gave her confidence and maturity."