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Provincial recognition for local cadets


An annual first aid competition for provincial cadets proved to be quite successful for teams from the Trinity-Conception region.

New Harbour resident and member of the 209 Great Eastern sea cadets Amelia Cranford takes part in some rock climbing during the Darrell Cronin Memorial First Aid competition in Gander Jan. 18-19.

The 13th annual Darrell Cronin Memorial First Aid Competition was held during the weekend of Jan. 18-19. Some 89 cadets gathered at 9 Wing Gander Canadian Forces Base to demonstrate their skills and knowledge in first aid.

The cadet groups, which consisted of air, army and sea, competed for the prestigious Cronin Memorial Cup, an award given by the Pararescue Association to the provincial cadet team who demonstrates the best performance In a practical scenario, as well as a written exam.

Two teams from Trinity-Conception walked away with awards.

The 209 RCSCC Great Eastern Sea Cadets team of three from Dildo earned two awards — the best new team award and the top sea cadet corps. The three members of the team included Chief Petty Officer First Class Stephen Day-Reid, Chief Petty Officer Second Class Kayla Crocker and Chief Petty Officer Second Class Amelia Cranford.

The Bay Roberts team from 2372 North Avalon RCACC army cadets earned the top army cadet corps title. Those on the Bay Roberts team were Warrant Officer Joseph Hutchings, Warrant Officer Rebecca Power and Master Corporal Julie Kavanagh.

The event is in honour of former Canadian Forces search and rescue technician Darrell Cronin from St. John’s. Cronin lost his life, along with five others, in a helicopter crash. He was a member of Rescue Squadron 413 based at Greenwood, Nova Scotia. The helicopter was on its way back from a mission when it crashed in Quebec.

The competition is held every year to assist cadets in becoming more familiar with first aid procedures, and allow them to improve their skills and knowledge through competition.

Award winning teams and individuals from the 2014 competition include:

• Top overall exam score — Chief Petty Officer First Class Cyril Coombs from 184 RCSCC Curling from Corner Brook;

• Esprit de Corps — two teams win the award, 121 RCSCC Mary Rose team from Marystown and 2415 Gonzaga RCACC from St. John’s;

• Most improved —184 RCSCC Curling from Corner Brook;

• Best new team —209 RCSCC Great Eastern from Dildo;

• Top army cadet corps — 2372 North Avalon RCACC from Bay Roberts;

• Top air cadet squadron — 537 Gander Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron;

• Top sea cadet corps — 209 RCSCC Great Eastern from Dildo; and

• Top overall team — 184 RCSCC Curling from Corner Brook.

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