A TEENAGER from Frodsham now has five stars to add to an already glittering array of awards.
Cameron Weir, 16, received five A*s and five As in his GCSEs at Helsby High School – four years after he saved his brother and sister’s lives after a car crash.
At the age of 11 he was pronounced a hero by his mum Beryl and dad Angus when he pulled his younger brother Mackenzie (Mac) and sister Roseanne (Rosie) – then seven and 10 – from the submerged wreckage of their family car when it rolled off the M53 into the canal at Ellesmere Port in July 2004.
The children’s mum, Beryl, managed to get out through a broken window but dad Angus was knocked unconscious when the car hit the towpath and still suffers from the effects of his head injuries.
Well before the crash, Cameron and Mac, now 11, helped Beryl and Angus care for Rosie, now 13, who has physical and learning disabilities.
The three children were named Chronicle Community Champions then Pride of Britain in December 2004 and travelled to London for an awards ceremony, where they were presented with an award by then-Doctor Who Christopher Eccleston and had tea with Tony Blair at 10 Downing Street.
Beryl said this week: “We are really proud of him – he has worked really hard for the results and has also held down a catering job at the Blue Planet Aquarium all year.
“Both of the boys are still a big help with Rosie and Angus. I believe Cameron is celebrating with a big party with his friends.”
Cameron was this year elected a local representative for the St John Ambulance Young Carers Project.
Project manager Lindsay Weaver said: “It doesn’t surprise me in the slightest that he has done so well – it is fantastic.”
Helsby headteacher Richard Evans said: “Cameron is a prefect and a very supportive member of the school community. He is very committed to working with other people and very dependable.”