I recently had the occasion to use an old skill that I learned while in the employ of the Chicago Park District Lifeguard Service. One of the Alderman collapsed recently at a Budget Committee hearing and a Chicago Police Officer and I administered CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) on him until the paramedics arrived. I was happy to have had the opportunity to have been part of the effort, and it reminded me that CPR is a skill that almost anyone can learn and use in an emergency.
To that end, Swedish Covenant Hospital, which holds regular CPR training sessions for area residents, will allow my office to host a session Thursday, November 30, at 7:00 pm.
During this session, residents will learn about the importance of “hands-only” CPR and how to respond in an emergency situation. The free training will feature interactive practice of “hands-only” CPR with a mannequin so individuals can understand how to properly perform chest compressions. The class will also demonstrate how to use an AED (Automated External Defibrillator). While this is not a certification class, it is a great opportunity to become familiar with the CPR process.
The session will take place in the auditorium of the Anderson Pavilion, 2751 W. Winona St. For your convenience, parking will be available in the St. Demetrios Church parking lot, located at 2727 W Winona St.
Please call my office at 773-769-1140 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP for this event.
While all ages are welcome to attend, hands-on practice is limited to 12 years and older.
This program is made possible through a grant from Illinois Heart Rescue and generous support from Swedish Covenant Hospital Foundation.
Ald. Pat O’Connor