Rotary hails Holly a hero

Holly is congratulated by John Swinney, Scotland's Deputy First Minister, as Motherwell and Wishaw Rotary Club president Jane Allan looks on.
Holly is congratulated by John Swinney, Scotland's Deputy First Minister, as Motherwell and Wishaw Rotary Club president Jane Allan looks on.

A Good Samaritan who dashed on to a busy road to help an injured man has been congratulated by Scotland’s Deputy First Minister.

A presentation was made by John Swinney to Dalziel High School pupil Holly McCusker on behalf of Motherwell and Wishaw Rotary Club.

The 17-year-old from Motherwell was on her lunch break when she spotted the injured man lying on the town’s Hamilton Road. He had walked into the path of a car.

While drivers apparently ignored him, she tended his wounds and checked him out for concussion before a passer-by helped her carry him off the road.

Modest Holly said: “If that was me lying on the road I would want someone to do the same. Knowing I could help, it wouldn’t have been right for me to walk away.”

The rotary club wanted to recognise Holly’s actions, saying she had shown what the rotary motto of ‘Service Above Self’ was all about.

She was a guest of the club at its weekly meeting in the Bentley Hotel. She was accompanied by her parents, her sister and teacher Yvonne Savage who was at the scene of the accident and comforted the shaken car driver.

Mr Swinney was the scheduled guest speaker for the evening and was delighted to make the presentation on behalf of the members.

Holly’s heroics were highlighted in the Times & Spaker in October. She told how “instinct kicked in” and she tried to remember first aid lessons from primary seven. Later she briefed the paramedics who treated the casualty’s cuts.