Dudley teenager shortlisted for award after rescuing 3 year old
A Dudley teenager who rescued a 3 year old boy from a
group who were attacking his mother at a shop has been shortlisted
for a prestigious award by the West Midlands Police and Crime
Ashlea Follows was on work experience at Baby Bonito in Sedgley
when three women started attacking the owner. They were pushing,
swearing and threatening to hit her.
The incident took place in July 2017.
With no time to think, Ashlea, who was 15 at the time, led the 3
year old to safety and raised the alarm: calling West Midlands
Ashlea is one of two people to be shortlisted for the 'Outstanding
Young Citizen Award' the West Midlands Police and Crime
Commissioner, David Jamieson. He said: "What Ashlea did that day
showed maturity and bravery beyond her years.
She quickly identified the most vulnerable person in the room and,
without a moment's thought, led him to safety.
She is an example to all of us and I'm delighted she has been
shortlisted for this award."
Ashlea says she was able to act with a cool head in a heated
situation, in part thanks to a week's work placement she had
completed with West Midlands Police the week before.
Commenting on her shortlisting for the awards, Ashlea Follows
said: "I am delighted to be shortlisted for the Outstanding Young
"It means so much to me to be recognised for doing what I did that
"It's an honour to be recognised, but more than anything I'm just
pleased the little boy was kept safe.
"Who knows, one day I might be able to help more people if I
become a police officer."
Ellena Cadman from Baby Bonito in Sedgley, said: "Ashlea took the
whole thing in her stride. She was fantastic. She came to do work
experience with me as a quiet young girl, but when the heated
situation arose Ashlea acted in just the right way and protected my
son. I'm so grateful to her and won't forget what she did for
The Outstanding Citizens Awards take place on July 5th.