If you believe the headlines these days, most 18-year-olds are ‘either ‘glued’ to the nearest computer screen or their mobile phone.
Not Steven Price.
The Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School pupil is at his happiest helping save lives.
He’s believed to be one of the youngest members of the Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Emergency Services (LIVES).
The organisation, which is based in Horncastle, provides a vital service across the county.
Steve volunteered a couple of months ago, completed the training and has already attended half-a-dozen incidents.
Now, he’s calling on other teenagers to volunteer their services.
Steven said: “LIVES does a tremendous job and I’m proud to be able to help.
“I’m planning a career in medicine so it’s great experience.
“I know LIVES are looking for more volunteers and I’d encourage other people to come forward.
“It’s a really important service.
“It’s not as though you have to be on call 24 hours a day. If you can only offer a few hours in an evening, it’s still a help.”
Steven covers Coningsby and Tattershall - and smaller rural communities in the area.
He underwent three days’ comprehensive training in CPR, defibrillation and oxygen therapy.
On-going training every month means he has high hopes of adding further valuable skills.
Steven added: “I completed the training about a month-and-a-half ago and I’ve already been called out six or seven times.
“It’s mainly dealing with people who have breathing problems - or have suffered falls.
“I haven’t actually saved someone’s life yet but I’d like to think I’ve helped.
“I was a bit nervous at first but the training kicked in.”
Steven was speaking during a visit to QEGS by LIVES trainer Ian Carroll.
All students at the school between years 7 and 13 have received basic training in the delivery of CPR.
Val Sylvester, a health education teacher at the school, said: “We are very grateful to LIVES for their valued input into our well being programme.”
*Volunteers for LIVES must be 18 and have access to a car.