SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Lifesaving CPR training took place on the steps of Springfield City Hall Wednesday.
AMR, American Medical Response hopes to teach thousands of people in western Massachusetts “chest compression CPR.” They’ve taught five thousand during the past two years.
Para-medic Mike Nicola knows the feeling of bringing someone back from cardiac arrest, “It’s like nothing else, it’s amazing. You feel good about yourself, you feel better for the patient’s family.”
Cardiac arrest victims David Spann and Vicky Vermette owe their lives to ordinary people trained in CPR skills.
“He was a good friend, a little better friend now. It was a harrowing experience for him. I dropped dead in front of him, he didn’t drop dead in front of me,” said David Spann.
Vicky Vermette recalls meeting her CPR life-savers after she recovered, “It was very emotional, just very welcoming, and I’m grateful, to have met them, that was a terrific thing.
The AMR CPR demonstration attracted the hoped-for attention, “This is something I think I should know at this stage of my life. I don’t so I thought I’d learn something,” said Mike Thompson.
In addition to the AMR’s regular CPR training courses, the Western Massachusetts Red Cross and the regional chapter of the American Heart Association also teach the chest compression CPR technique.