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Red Cross Hosts ‘Gabrielle Giffords Honorary Save-a-Life Saturday’

Over the weekend, the American Red Cross will host the “Gabrielle Giffords Honorary Save-a-Life Saturday” to honor all those affected by the tragedy in Arizona on January 8. Free hands-only CPR and first aid training will be offered at more than 100 locations across the country through the generous support of Walgreens and Safeway.

The event kicked off earlier this week on Capitol Hill, where many of Representative Giffords’ colleagues and their staff took part in the lifesaving training. The congresswoman’s office encourages everyone to take advantage of the training opportunities being offered by the Red Cross in their communities.

Captain Mark Kelly, Rep. Giffords’ husband, commented on the importance of being trained. “CPR training saves lives. I have an extensive history with the Red Cross – when in high school I volunteered; I was part of the First Aid squad; I was an EMT; and even at NASA I’ve had CPR training through the Red Cross,” he said.

Event details and a map of training locations can be found at If you are unable to attend training this weekend, contact your local Red Cross chapter to find out when a regular class will be offered in your community.

“The tragedy in Tucson was a reminder of how important it is for everyone to know first aid and CPR,” said Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the American Red Cross. “As this tragic event unfolded, several bystanders knew these vital skills, which helped save the lives of many victims, including Congresswoman Giffords. This inspired us to offer this training in order to help save lives in communities nationwide.”

Although most emergencies are not as large as the one in Tucson, it is important for the public to be prepared for ones that can happen at home, the office or at school. “Some of our health care professionals saw first-hand during the Tucson tragedy the value of knowing CPR,” said Walgreens President and CEO Greg Wasson. “This is invaluable and important training that we’re proud to help provide in partnership with the American Red Cross and in honor of Rep. Giffords as she continues her recovery. Every person trained is a potential life-saver.”

“We can think of no better way to honor Congresswoman Giffords and the other Tucson victims than to equip a greater number of citizens with life-saving skills,” said Safeway Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Steve Burd. “We are honored to be a partner in this important national endeavor and commend the Red Cross for leading it.”

The Red Cross will also premiere a special set of videos Saturday to teach CPR and first aid skills. Those unable to attend a Save-a-Life Saturday event can visit to see lifesaving skills being taught online.