The American Red Cross hosted a “Day at the Capitol” on Tuesday, March 19, to educate legislators about the vital role the Red Cross plays in Colorado communities and to train elected officials and their staff in the lifesaving skill of CPR.
Across the country, March has been declared “Red Cross Month” at the local, state and national level. On March 1, Governor John Hickenlooper declared March “Red Cross Month” in Colorado.
March was first proclaimed as Red Cross Month 70 years ago by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Since 1943, every president, including President Obama, has designated March as Red Cross Month. The American Red Cross is synonymous with helping people, and has been doing so for more than 130 years.
As official sponsor of Red Cross Month for the Red Cross Mile High Region, DCP Midstream presented the Day at the Capitol, and is offering to match all financial donations to the Red Cross Mile High Region in March, up to $20,000. DCP Midstream also presented the Red Cross Mile High Chapter Breakfast of Champions on March 8 as part of Red Cross Month.
The purpose of the Red Cross Hands-Only CPR course is to teach untrained bystanders how to respond to cardiac emergencies. Having more citizen bystanders trained in this simple skill can help save lives by putting more cardiac arrest victims within a few steps of lifesaving assistance. Participants learn how to check for consciousness, call 9-1-1, and give continuous chest compressions.
“The public knows that the Red Cross will be there for them during major disasters like Sandy and the wildfires; we are spending a Day at the Capitol to remind local community leaders that the Red Cross is also there for their residents every day in Colorado, helping with small disasters like house fires, supporting military families, and helping people prepare for and prevent emergencies,” said Gino Greco, CEO of the Red Cross Mile High Region.
“And while we’re there, we want to make sure they leave better prepared themselves,” Greco added. “These elected officials are the face of their communities, and they are frequently out and about in their communities; we want them to be empowered with the ability to save a life if the need arises.”
CPR is easy to learn, and the Red Cross offers many options, including online courses. Find out more at www.redcross.org/take-a-class.