When sitting in an American Red Cross course learning CPR, it can be difficult to imagine the circumstances where you’ll have to use the skills learned to save a life. In most cases, we may never know what emergency will arise, but we can be ready. Whether checking for breathing, performing compressions or even calling for help, knowing how to quickly respond in these critical moments helps save lives.
TRAINING MATTERS Panera Bread Production Manager Larry Meier knew something serious was wrong when he saw his coworker, Dale, collapsed on the floor of the company’s Commerce City Fresh Bread facility. Meier immediately went to Dale’s side while instructing another coworker to call 911. Meier began chest compressions and continued administering CPR until paramedics arrived about four minutes later.
His actions kept vital blood pumping to Dale’s brain and ultimately saved his life. Meier first learned CPR in the 1970s and more recently received refresher training from an employer.
“Dale’s my friend and I’ve had the training. I knew something had to be done, and with the training it was instant – I just started it and did it,” Meier said. He added, “It comes back real fast. You’re nervous while you’re doing it, but it comes back.”
The Red Cross presented Meier with a Lifesaver Award last week in honor of his outstanding actions that fateful day last month. The Red Cross Lifesaver Award is given to recognize a lifesaving act performed by an individual who utilized skills learned through Red Cross health and safety training.
“I’m so glad he knew CPR …Everybody should take a test and learn CPR,” Dale said.
TAKE A COURSE One quarter of Americans say they’ve been in a situation where someone needed CPR. If you were one of them, would you know what to do? The ability to perform CPR can make a lifesaving difference when someone suffers a cardiac or breathing emergency.
The Red Cross trains millions of people each year in CPR and AED and offers several training options, including a 30-minute Citizen CPR class which teaches Hands-Only CPR and full CPR training. All First Aid, full CPR and AED training carry a 2-year certification. You can find more information and register for a class by visiting the CPR and AED page on our web site.
In addition to training, the Red Cross can help you obtain an AED for your home, business or organization and offers AED program management, maintenance and service.