One of your friends suddenly collapses while you’re playing squash together.
You notice a stranger fall to the ground and begin turning blue.
Would you know what to do?
Each summer, in the two weeks before campers arrive, Thunderbird staff participate in a variety of safety training and certification programs taught by American Red Cross and Wilderness Medicine Institute instructors. This past week we were reminded that CPR training is not only important for camp, but useful for life.
In the past 72 hours, two staff members saved lives in separate incidents, using training they learned at Thunderbird. “CoCo” was playing squash with a dear friend when his heart stopped and he collapsed. In the 10 minutes before medics arrived, she performed CPR and used an AED to restart his heart. Thankfully, he made a full recovery. Two days later and 8,000 miles away, “Luther” glanced out the window at work and saw a man slump to the ground. She walked towards him, noticed he’d stopped breathing and revived the man with CPR. Medics arrived shortly thereafter.
Though various instructors train our summer staff, Camp Thunderbird would not be the same without the dedication of two individuals over the past 15 years: Jim Olson and Jean Zayic trained (and continue to train) hundreds of staff members in Lifeguarding, First Aid, and CPR, teaching not only skills but also the value and responsibility that comes with being a trained rescuer.
“CoCo” and “Luther” agreed to let us share their stories with the hope that others would recognize the value of CPR certification and (re)certify their skills. To find an online or in-person class near you, click http://www.redcross.org/take-a-class.