Life brings many unexpected events. This truth hit home for Lindsey Crawford a mom of four, not once, but twice. In the span of two years, her family was shaken first by a poolside accident involving her 2-year-old son and next a sudden cardiac arrest that nearly claimed her father’s life. Luckily, these were just close calls. Yet they held an important lesson for Lindsey: CPR is most effective when the person administering it has unwavering confidence in their skills.
“CPR saved my father’s life, we were really lucky that the first responders, who happened to be my mom and family friends, knew exactly what to do. After his major cardiac event we were reminded that we needed to be prepared at all times,” Lindsey explains. “It was our new way of life.”
Before having her first child, Lindsey had taken CPR classes, yet had not taken refresher training for a number of years. “In the back of my mind, I had been thinking about teaching our children CPR for a while.” Two near-fatal emergencies were a compelling reminder. “You can lose someone in the blink of an eye if you don’t know what to do,” she said.
According to The American Heart Association, 70 percent of Americans feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency and only one-third of victims receive CPR right away. Approximately 88 percent of all sudden heart attacks occur at home and receiving CPR quickly can double a victim’s chances of survival.
Lindsey decided to better prepare herself and her children. With this in mind, Lindsey and a friend registered their children—four kids altogether— for Save-a-Life Saturday 2015. This Red Cross training event drew over 250 people, of all ages, to learn hands-only CPR and giving them the skills needed to save lives.
“Anyone can learn CPR,” said Chuck Morrison, executive director of the Snohomish County chapter of the Red Cross. “The Red Cross seeks to empower friends and neighbors from the community with the training needed make our community safer, stronger and a better place to live.”
“Emergencies can happen at any time and I don’t want my kids to be afraid,” Lindsey added. “I don’t think children can ever be too young to learn the basics of CPR.”