Tuesday we presented student, Robert James with a Heartsaver Hero award for saving the life of his colleague, Georna Phenor in September with CPR, a skill he had been taught at Blue Hills Regional Technical School. While working his part-time job at Transitions of Dedham, an assisted living facility, Robert witnessed his friend slump to the floor while her breathing and pulse slowed. Rob jumped in and quickly and calming performed chest compressions until paramedics arrived.
The American Heart Association Heartsaver Hero Award is presented to individuals who demonstrate remendous courage by performing CPR. Nearly 400,000 cardiac arrests occur annually in the United States. When sudden cardiac arrest occurs, survival depends on immediately getting CPR from a bystander nearby. We couldn't think of a better person then Robert to recognized for his courage.