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