CPR & First Response Offers Second Chance at Life

January 20, 2010 started out as a typical day for Terry Williamson of Shortsville and Todd Jackson of Walworth, co-workers at Pooler Enterprises. While waiting on materials for a job at Cloverwood Senior Living Center in Pittsford Terry suffered sudden cardiac arrest and collapsed. “He turned as blue as his blue jeans,” said Todd. Unresponsive and not breathing, Todd quickly started CPR (cardio pulmonary resuscitation) on Terry while the rest of the crew looked on, horrified, the majority paralyzed by the reality of what they were witnessing. “I never thought I’d need to use the training I leaned,” said Todd, “Especially not a couple of months after I took the class.” Todd was trained in Adult CPR/AED by the American Red Cross 10 weeks to the day that he utilized the skills he learned to save Terry’s life. Most victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest have no prior symptoms, which is what Terry experienced. “I didn’t feel a thing,” said Terry. “One minute I’m standing there and the next I’m in the hospital.” Sudden Cardiac Arrest can strike anyone, anytime, at anywhere. Todd’s quick thinking and actions saved Terry’s life. CPR/AED training can mean the difference between life and death in a cardiac emergency – for every minute CPR is not administered decreases the chance of life by 10 percent. The Finger Lakes Region Red Cross trains nearly 60,000 people a year in CPR, first aid, water safety and other emergency skills. It is especially important to arm yourself with the ability to save lives by getting trained in CPR and the proper use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). June is National CPR/AED Awareness Month. Make a commitment to get trained this summer. You never know when a typical day may turn into one that could change a life, or save one. For information on American Red Cross Safety Training classes contact your local chapter or visit www.rochesterredcross.org. ***Pooler Enterprises employees: Terry Williamson, of Shortsville (left) and Todd Jackson of Walworth (right) share a photo at the West Ontario Red Cross office. Todd was awarded a certificate for Exemplary Personal Action for utilizing Red Cross Safety Training skills and responding with CPR when Terry suffered Sudden Cardiac Arrest early this year, January 20.***

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