Army Cadet who saved a life in Mansfield awarded by Mayor - as four other do-gooders are also awarded

Melanie Shooter with the Mayor and Helen Sisson
Melanie Shooter with the Mayor and Helen Sisson

Five Mansfield heroes including a quick-thinking army cadet who saved a life and a man who chased down a handbag thief have been awarded for their good deeds.

Melanie Shooter, 17, received an Mayor's Commendation award after administered CPR to a man who had sufferd a cardiac arrest on Leeming Street, Mansfield.

Soficul Choudhury

Soficul Choudhury

She performed CPR until an ambulance crew arrived and then looked after the man's distraught wife and daughter.

Melanie had first aid training as part of her Army Cadet activities and she was nominated for this award by Helen Sisson, Mansfield District Council's Marketing and Communications Manager.

The Mayor told her: "I am so proud of your quick actions that day; you did a very brave thing in acting so quickly on the training you have received."

Another have-a-go hero, Soficul Choudhury, was nominated for his award by the police after he gave chase on foot when a woman had her handbag snatched by a thief on a bicycle outside Wynndale Primary School in Mansfield.

Colin Etches with Maun Conservation Group and Cllr Kevin Brown

Colin Etches with Maun Conservation Group and Cllr Kevin Brown

The robber escaped empty-handed, though, after Soficul's persistent pursuit and shouting led to him dropping the bag which was later returned by Soficul to its extremely grateful owner.

The Mayor told him: "You saw the crime and you acted on your instinct which was extremely brave of you. Thank you for everything you did that day."

Community litter-pickers Paul and Brenda Holt were nominated for their exceptional work since retiring in keeping their community clean.

The Mayor said: "They both regularly patrol the local nature walks in all weathers to make sure they are clear for others to enjoy."

Paul and Brenda Holt

Paul and Brenda Holt

Another environmental champion, Colin Etches, of Maun Conservation Group, was nominated by Councillor Kevin Brown for his tireless work to highlight the health and well-being benefits of green spaces, visiting schools and children's organisations to encourage youngsters to learn about the great outdoors.

The Mayor told him: "Colin, your many hours of volunteering are very much appreciated and I wanted to give you this award as a thank-you for all you have done."