"If I see someone needs help, and I know I can aid them, I just help. This is what happened that Thursday. I could see that there was a child lying on the road, but I hadn’t seen the very moment the accident happened. I pulled over and approached a woman standing over the child. I learned that the boy had ridden his scooter right into her car and was knocked down. When I looked at the boy, I noticed that he was getting blue in the face and wasn’t breathing, so I immediately started giving him resuscitation. After a couple of chest compressions, he started breathing again.
I'm a veteran of four missions — three in Afghanistan, one in East Africa. I’ve undergone a number of first aid trainings and this wasn't the first time I could apply this knowledge.
I think I did what I had to do. It was nothing heroic. The very situation lasted a couple of minutes and, as we know, these minutes are the difference between life and death. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time," said WO Tomasz Ciesielski.