Years ago being a good neighbour was much more common than it is today.
It was a time when people would think nothing of watching their neighbours’ children for a few hours or nipping next door to borrow some sugar.
Today things have changed and good neighbours can be hard to find.
That’s why the finalists in the Burton Mail Heroes Awards 2019 are the salt of the earth.
Our finalists for the ‘Good Neighbour’ category have done amazing things to help others in their communities, often stepping up in their hour of need.
One of our finalists even went above and beyond to put a smile on a little girl’s face, the other two’s actions were literally life-saving.
Here at Burton Live we believe these good citizens deserve some recognition for their efforts and we hope that others will read this and be inspired to show the same courage and kindness to others.
Here are our finalists:
Aaron Miller saved the life of his neighbour when he had a cardiac arrest, using first aid techniques he had learned when he was at school.
Aaron, 28, administered vital first-aid skills he learnt at school when his parents’ neighbour suffered a cardiac arrest.
Aaron, from Horninglow, was visiting his mum and dad at their home in Linton Road, Rosliston, when the nightmare life-and-death drama unfolded.
The family were watching the six ‘o’ clock news on an ordinary day on Friday, September 14, 2018, when Shane Thomas’ son started banging on the front door and screaming for help.
He said the family needed to come round quickly because his dad had collapsed and he thought he was dead.
The family rushed over to the house and found 53-year-old Mr Thomas lying on the floor, seemingly lifeless.
Aaron sprang into action and began carrying out chest compressions on Mr Thomas after his mum had said she could not detect a pulse.
He told Burton Live: “I didn’t even think about it, I just did it.
“The way he had fallen made it really awkward to get around him and give him chest pumps so I just ended up jumping over him.
“I actually learnt how to do CPR when I was at school in a first aid lesson, but I’ve not done any training since.
“I just kept doing the chest pumps. It looked like he had gone but I just kept doing it and giving it everything I had.
“It felt like I was doing it for so much longer than 20 minutes.
“I was absolutely exhausted and I got quite emotional when the ambulance arrived and took over.
“They said to me that the CPR had saved his life and I just couldn’t believe it that I had played a part in saving someone’s life.
“I just felt a huge wave of relief when they said that.”
Shortly after the paramedics arrived at the scene, the two families heard the air ambulance circling above the house, looking for somewhere nearby to land.
Aaron and dad David ran outside to flag down the helicopter and pointed the pilot to where he could land in a large field just behind the house.
When it had landed safely, Arron ran over and helped the crew to carry their equipment through the gardens and into Mr Thomas’ house.
Mr Thomas was taken to Royal Derby Hospital and was placed into an induced coma. He has now recovered.
Speaking about his nomination Aaron said: “I am shocked and surprised but it is very nice to be nominated.”
Ann Whitby went above and beyond to put a smile to the face of a sad little girl, who was left unable to sleep after her beloved cuddly toy she took everywhere was burned and baldy ripped by thugs.
Izzy Kate, seven, went to the park, just off Peacroft Lane in Hilton after school with her mum, Emma and older brother Ben when the favourite cuddly rabbit got left behind in a park in error.
When the family returned they found, to their horror, the toy, which Izzy calls Rabbity, in bits and even burned.
But Izzy’s upset turned to joy when seamstress Ann Whitby read about her plight on social media and painstakingly mended the beloved toy for the young school girl.
It took Ann ten hours in total to repair Rabbity, which was a gift from Izzy’s godparents, but he now looks like new.
Emma said at the time: “She must have spent hours on it, but Rabbity is now back in perfect condition.
Ann, who works as a full time seamstress from her Etwall home, said she could not help but get in touch to offer help after seeing it online as it “tugged at my heartstrings to see what happened”.
Now the 57-year-old isays she is surprised to have been nominated for the ‘Good Neighbour’ award as a result of her kind gesture.
She said: “I hardly think what I did is heroic but it is a lovely thing to be up for this award.”
Heroic dad-of-seven Sean Howlett selflessly saved the life a neighbour, who was seriously hurt in a house fire.
When his children alerted him to a nearby house fire, in Winshill where he lives, Sean leaped into action, banging on neighbours’ doors to get help and pulling the injured neighbour to safety from the flames as glass shattered around him due to the fire.
Sean was very humble throughout, saying he he had only done what anyone else would have done in the same situation.
But efforts aved that man’s life, although he was injured very badly and is still recovering in hospital.
The 32-year-old told Burton Live: “I didn’t think about myself, I just did it. I am sure that anyone else would do the same in my position.
“If it wasn’t for the strength of the other guys, I wouldn’t have got him away from the house.
“I feel good about the award nomination. I definitely wasn’t expecting anything like this.
“I am really grateful and hope that the person who I helped can make a good recovery.”
The winner of the ‘Good Neighbour’ award will be announced at the Burton Mail Heroes Awards on September 24 alongside the winners of other categories including ‘Mum of the year’ ‘Inspirational youngster’ and ‘Achievements against all odds.’
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