Royal Humane Society award for Gary
On the 22nd December, Keylaw Street Team member, Gary Worgan, was honoured by the Royal Humane Society for his attempts to resuscitate 83 year old Gwilym Fry. Mr Fry was taken ill whilst driving through Abergavenny Town Centre on 1st June this year. Gary is a trained first-aider who has been part of the Keylaw street team for three years.
Whilst other people present called for an ambulance Gary fought for over ten minutes to save Mr Fry’s life. Despite Gary’s best efforts Mr Fry was pronounced dead upon his arrival at Nevill Hall Hospital. Mr Fry is not the first person that Gary has tried to help. In a similar incident in Blackwood in 2014 Gary also used his first aid skills in a life-saving attempt.
The award was presented to Gary at a small ceremony at the Angel Hotel in Abergavenny by David Davies, MP for Monmouthshire. The ceremony was attended by Gary’s close friends and his colleagues from the Keylaw team. Also in attendance were members of Mr Fry’s family and police officers from Gwent Police.
Gary was nominated for the award by Jeanne Fry-Thomas, daughter of Gwilym Fry. At the ceremony she thanked Gary, saying ‘ It is a great comfort to me that my father was not alone in his last minutes and nobody could have done more than Gary did to help him’. Amy Evans, the police officer who responded to the call on the 1st June was also presented with a bouquet of flowers from Mr Fry’s family for the help she gave that day.
The Royal Humane Society is a charity that grants awards for acts of bravery in the saving of human life and the restoration of life by resuscitation. Gary joins several famous winners of the award and we at Keylaw are extremely proud of Gary and the actions he took to attempt to save the life of Mr Fry.