A teenager who gave emergency first aid to a stab wound victim on a tram has been recognised by the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation with an award.
Tranai Todd is a sports coach who dedicates his time to helping change the lives of young people.
Working as a sports development officer at the Pythian Club, he is also the youngest community ambassador as part of the Violence Reduction Unit in Nottinghamshire.
The 17-year-old’s inspirational act came when he was on his way home on 17 March 2021, when he saw a young person who had been stabbed in the leg and hand.
Due to his work as a sports development coach, Tranai had a first aid kit to hand and rushed over to the victim to apply first aid.
Tranai said: “He was clearly in a lot of pain. There were a lot of people surrounding him who didn’t help so I went over.
“I had my first aid kit with me, so I wrapped up his leg and hand.
“Him and his friends were panicking. They didn’t know what to do. I was just calm and kept my cool and I knew what I needed to do.”
The teenager got him off the tram at the next stop and called an ambulance and stayed with the injured person until an ambulance arrived. The victim is expected to make a full recovery.
Tranai was awarded with a £100 gift voucher and certificate for being selected as winner. The prizes were provided by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.
The award forms part of the Live Our Best Life awards that were launched by Nottinghamshire Police in partnership with the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation in the run up to Stephen Lawrence Day.
The first-aid hero said: “It is really special to have what I have done recognised in this way and I do appreciate it.
“We all work so hard to help engage with young people and show them there is more to life.
“I am proud to have been given this award. It motivates me for the future.”
The Stephen Lawrence Foundation said: “We felt this young person displayed the qualities of being responsible, safe and caring for others.
“He is an active role model for other young people and is committed to making a positive change. We felt he was a good example for other young people and wish him well with all his future endeavours.”
The sports coach was given his award by Police and Crime Commissioner Caroline Henry at a surprise ceremony just before he started a sports session on Friday 11 June.
Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Caroline Henry said: “Tranai has made a huge impact on the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable young people in Nottingham and is an absolute inspiration to his peers.
“It’s a real pleasure to present him with this award.
“It is wonderful to see him receive the recognition he deserves through his work with the Pythian Club.
“We are all working really hard to reach young people who are at risk of exploitation or crime and having the support of volunteers like Tranai who can level with teenagers in a way they understand, and respect brings immeasurable valuable to policing.”
Ben Rosser, CEO of the Pythian Club has described Tranai’s impact at the club as ‘amazing’.
He said: “I have known this young man for over three years. Initially he joined my club to take part in boxing but his impact over the years has been amazing, both for himself and the community.
“Over the last 12 months, Tranai has developed numerous different community initiatives, spoken at high-profile community events and provided a positive role model for his peers.
“Tranai has seen first-hand the dangers and perils of young people falling into the wrong circles, every single day he is actively promoting and providing an alternative.”
Romel Davis, youth outreach worker for Nottinghamshire Police’s Citizens in Policing department, who developed and ran the awards, said: “Tranai is truly inspirational and an excellent example of someone who wants the best for his community and will put others before himself.
“It is really important we recognise people like Tranai, who would never ask for praise but thoroughly deserves it.”