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What's More Important Than That?

Tompkins County Residents Learn Hands-Only CPR from Red Cross
We knew nothing (about CPR) before taking this course and we feel it’s a good stepping stone for the full CPR course.

The Sept. 13 “CPR Saturday” at The Shops at Ithaca Mall was an enormous success and the American Red Cross of Tompkins County wants to thank everyone who participated. Learning CPR and disaster preparedness are important steps in keeping you and your family safe in the event of an emergency. The Red Cross was pleased with the amount of people who attended “CPR Saturday” to receive hands-only CPR training and information about other lifesaving skills.

Children and grandparents and everyone in-between took time from their weekend to receive the training. Some came in with no knowledge of how to perform CPR, while others wanted to update and polish their skills. Red Cross CPR instructor Sarah Clark did an amazing job connecting with and teaching participants of all ages.

“An emergency can happen at any time,” Sarah said. “Knowing CPR is vitally important because so many people suffer from heart attacks and respiratory distress. Learning these skills can help you be ready to step up and save a life. What’s more important than that?”

Lois Levitan and Martha Armstrong, of Ithaca, and their son, Teo, were among the residents who received the training from Sarah.

“I’ve taken the full course before but I forgot all of the details,” Lois said. “I think it’s a good thing to know and particularly I wanted Teo to know it because he’s a soccer referee and the official on the field most of the time so I thought it was important for him to learn.”

One couple had extra incentive to come take the course. Mark and Dee Levine, of Enfield, experienced a family incident that motivated them to learn CPR.

“We wanted to be able to help anyone we saw who was in trouble, but particularly we have some aging parents and family members,” Mark said. “There was a time when I was playing tennis with my father in-law and afterward he had a heart attack. Since then, I thought this would be a good skill to learn just in case something like this happens again. We knew nothing (about CPR) before taking this course and we feel it’s a good stepping stone for the full CPR course.”

Knowing how to perform CPR or having an emergency kit ready can be the difference between life and death. As National Preparedness Month continues, the American Red Cross of Tompkins County urges everyone to get involved with disaster preparedness.

The Red Cross offers a variety of Health and Safety courses for Tompkins County residents. The courses enable everyone to be professionally trained and prepared in the event of an emergency.

“The training you take today may save a life tomorrow,” said American Red Cross Training Specialist Tarry Hilliard, whose area includes Tompkins County. “The courses we offer on a regular basis are lay responder- and professional rescuer-level CPR/AED and first aid, and also babysitter’s training.”

For more information on these courses and how to sign up, click here. To learn more about disaster preparedness and other Red Cross services, call the American Red Cross of Tompkins County at 273-1900.

Photos of "CPR Saturday" at The Shops at Ithaca Mall by Kevin Bargher, Communications Volunteer