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20th Annual CPR Saturday

SAN DIEGO, March 21, 2011 – The numbers are in and more than 3,000 San Diegans earned their American Red Cross CPR certification at the 20th annual CPR Saturday this past weekend; the most attendees in the history of the event. Hundreds of instructors and volunteers dedicated their day to ensure that each and every person participating in this event left with the knowledge and skills needed to respond effectively to a cardiac emergency.

“Congratulations to the more than 3,000 San Diegans that received CPR certification this past weekend,” said Joe Craver, CEO American Red Cross San Diego/Imperial County Chapter. “Emergencies can strike at anytime, and being prepared with CPR skills can save a life when emergency responders have not yet arrived.”

The American Red Cross San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter would like to thank the 2011 CPR Saturday Sponsors for their support: Cymer, Emerson Network Power, The Grainger Foundation, The Hervey Family Non-endowment Fund of the San Diego Foundation, Soft Rock KyXy 96.5. ACE Parking Inc and the countless community food sponsors that kept over 300 volunteers fed and hydrated for 13 hours.

For more than a century, the American Red Cross has prepared people to save lives through education. The American Red Cross San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter teaches lifesaving skills in our two-county region to more than 93,000 residents annually. Health & Safety courses cover topics ranging from CPR for adults, infants, children and pets, to care giving, AED and babysitting. Training in back injury prevention, ergonomics and stress management is also offered. To take a class, visit to sign up online or call 858-309-1200.

About the American Red Cross, San Diego and Imperial Counties Chapter

The American Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on the generosity of the American people to provide our programs and services. The San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter is leading the effort to make San Diego and Imperial Counties “America’s most prepared communities.” With the public’s ongoing support we provide life saving preparedness training; disaster relief services; 24-hour emergency services to deployed military personnel and their families; and nutritional counseling through our Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. For more information about or to support the chapter please contact (858) 309-1200 or visit