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Teaching CPR en español


As a young American studying Spanish abroad, Shannon Daniel experienced first-hand how CPR can save a life. But what she didn’t know then was the important role she would play in spreading that lifesaving skill.

Daniel was studying in Spain on her way to becoming a […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: She loves New York with all of her (revived) heart


The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s creates a vibrant scene in New York City, and Brittany Williams and her family were soaking it up last December.

On the first Saturday of the month, they spent the day shopping and enjoying holiday decorations. That night, these […]

A cappella group keeps the beat in CPR video


A new video is capitalizing on the popularity of a cappella to help teach people how to perform Hands-Only CPR.

It features Street Corner Symphony interrupting a family dinner with a classic disco song. The message is two-fold: call 911 when you see a teen or […]

May 18th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |5 Comments

College student learns CPR at airport kiosk, saves life days later


University of Dayton student Matthew Lickenbrock was driving to an evening class in April when he saw a flash of lightning that appeared to hit the engineering building where he was headed.

Pulling into the parking lot, he saw a young man face down on the […]

Hands-Only CPR training helps man save wife’s life


Jerry Kertesz first learned Hands-Only CPR at his local library in Tucson, Arizona. His wife Lisa had seen a blurb about it in the paper and the couple decided to give it a try.

A few months later, Jerry underwent training a second time, this time […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: When assistant principal collapsed, CPR instructor stepped up


For more than 20 years, Lisa Smith has taught CPR to students and colleagues in Denver, providing training as many as 30 times a year.

The question she often heard was whether she’d ever performed CPR in an emergency.

No, she would say, adding, “I hope I […]

When Santa’s heart stopped — again — people responded … again

Dan Wessel was still wearing his Santa Claus outfit when the school nurse began performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on him.

A student already had called 9-1-1. Another student grabbed the automated external defibrillator and brought it to the nurse.

Their textbook response saved Dan’s life. Again. Just six months earlier, Dan had his […]

Delaware adds CPR to school health curriculum

High school students in Delaware will learn how to perform CPR as part of their graduation requirements under a curriculum change recently adopted by the state’s Board of Education.

The move makes Delaware the 20th state requiring CPR training as a high school graduation requisite and will mean nearly 8,500 […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: After losing teenage son, family promotes CPR training in high school

No matter the sport, 14-year-old Burke Cobb loved to compete.

The oldest of three boys, Burke played football, basketball, lacrosse and was a swim team member. With all that energy and activity, his mom, Marla Cobb, considered him perfectly healthy.

Until July 19, 2012.
Burke started the day working out with the […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Airman who nearly died on basketball court helps others learn skills that saved his life

Doctors aren’t certain what caused Frank Bucar’s heart to go into cardiac arrest in December 2012.

They are certain about what saved his life: CPR.

It was a Monday night in Duluth, Minnesota, and Frank was playing in his weekly basketball game at the local school gym.

During a fast break, Frank […]