2004-04-09 / Community

Rockaway Residents Take Part In CPR Day At Hospitals

By Miriam Rosenberg
Contributing Editor
Rockaway Residents Take Part In CPR Day At Hospitals By Miriam Rosenberg Contributing Editor

By Miriam Rosenberg
Contributing Editor


At SJEH’s CPR training, EMT Alan Kipnis demonstrates for Elliot Feliciaono (11 years old) the proper way to tilt a victim’s head before checking for signs of breathing.At SJEH’s CPR training, EMT Alan Kipnis demonstrates for Elliot Feliciaono (11 years old) the proper way to tilt a victim’s head before checking for signs of breathing.

The Lighthouse Corporation provided CPR training on April 3 as part of the American Heart Association’s nationwide CPR Day. Pastor Don Ventura and Pastor Leslie Oliver, both licensed EMT’s, were the instructors for the sessions, held both at St. John’s Episcopal and Peninsula Hospitals.

Ventura, once an army medic and now a para-medic, said CPR could save the life of a victim of a heart attack, cardiac arrest, stroke or someone who is choking. He stressed the importance of knowing CPR, because an ambulance response time could be up to 10 minutes.

Without oxygen, the brain begins to die in four to six minutes, and is dead in ten minutes Ventura told the students.

"[You can] stop the clock and the brain stops dying, even if the ambulance takes up to 30 minutes," said Ventura.


Above: Wilson Sanchez and Joy Lyn perform ‘rescue breathing’ on mannequins at SJEH. Both came from Brooklyn for the training. Below: Pastor Leslie Oliver sets a rhythm as participants at Peninsula Hospital, like Larry Sanders, learn to pump the chest of a victim. Pastor Enrique Vega watches as the students go through the exercise.Above: Wilson Sanchez and Joy Lyn perform ‘rescue breathing’ on mannequins at SJEH. Both came from Brooklyn for the training. Below: Pastor Leslie Oliver sets a rhythm as participants at Peninsula Hospital, like Larry Sanders, learn to pump the chest of a victim. Pastor Enrique Vega watches as the students go through the exercise.

Oliver, who has been in the 911 system since the 1980’s, taught the students how to detect if a victim is breathing, how to give ‘rescue breaths’ to someone who is responding and when and how to begin the combination of chest compressions and mouth to mouth.

EMT’s from the Lighthouse’s RocVac Ambulance Corps also worked with the more than 50 local residents who attended the free CPR training at the two hospitals.


Pastor Don Ventura talked about the misconceptions between what is seen on television and what happens in real life.  The victim doesn’t immediately get up and walk away like on ER. CPR does not work like that he said.Pastor Don Ventura talked about the misconceptions between what is seen on television and what happens in real life. The victim doesn’t immediately get up and walk away like on ER. CPR does not work like that he said.

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