A WEE COUNTY teenager has been named Young First Aid Hero 2019 at the Scottish First Aid Awards.

Beth Logan put her first aid skills into practice on a cold and windy September evening last year in Torryburn, Fife.

An elderly gentleman, Terry Shields, slipped and fell and was lying in the road near a blind corner.

Terry was slipping into severe shock with the pain, and it later transpired that he had fractured his hip.

Beth took control of the situation, calling her mum to get some blankets and a hot water bottle while she made the area safe by making sure there was someone to warn other road users.

The 17-year-old continued to reassure and comfort Terry until an ambulance arrived, keeping him as comfortable and as warm as possible throughout.

Her first aid knowledge meant she knew not to allow Terry to eat or drink anything.

As a result, he could go straight into theatre when he got to hospital – and has since recovered well from his hip surgery.

Beth, who has been a member of Dollar Academy's combined cadet force since the age of 12, was taught basic first aid skills during her first year.

Tracy Scott, cadet force leader at the school, nominated the teen and said: "Beth's actions on that night went a great way in helping to save Terry's life.

"A social media search for Beth was set up by Terry's family as he was so grateful for what she did.

"Without her intervention, the outcome of this incident could have been very different.

"She should be very proud of what she did and I hope her story will inspire others to learn the valuable skills of saving a life."

Beth found she really enjoyed first aid and had a passion for helping others, so she joined the Cadet Force First Aid Team.

Stuart Callison, chief executive of St Andrew's First Aid, added: "Beth's quick thinking and calm reactions saved this man's life. Beth's ability to take control of what must have been a very stressful situation is admirable, especially at such a young age.

"It's brilliant to see young people have the confidence in their skills to intervene in an emergency situation when needed and she is a highly worthy winner of this award."

More than 400 people attended the St Andrew's First Aid Scottish First Aid Awards which were held at the Doubletree by Hilton on Cambridge Street in Glasgow and hosted by BBC's David Farrell.