Life is Why!
What brought you to be an advocate for the American Heart Association?
I'm in my 28th year in the Fire/EMS service. Early in my career, it became obvious what an effect early CPR had on patient outcomes. I became a CPR instructor 25 years ago and continue to enjoy that today. That is what led me to become such an advocate for the AHA.
What issues or policies are you most passionate about and why?
Obviously, I am most familiar with pre-hospital care, so all the issues surrounding that including AED legislation and CPR in the schools comes to mind.
What is your favorite advocacy memory or experience so far and what made it great?
I think lobbying in Springfield does a lot of good. Making those personal contacts and sharing personal stories with legislators can make a difference in the way they feel about an issue. I specifically remember teaching a group of women legislators CPR & AED and what an impact that made.
What is your favorite way to be active?
I work out when time allows at the firehouse and still manage to play in softball tournaments every year.
What is your favorite fruit or vegetable?
Fruit - Nectarines Veggie – Broccoli
Tim Capua is a member of the American Heart Association’s Illinois Advocacy Committee. Tim, thank you for being an amazing volunteer and advocate!