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Amazing turnout as Maine State Employees learn Hands Only CPR

Augusta Hands only CPR training also celebrates 2015 Maine law.

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What a great day! My daughter and I joined hundreds Maine State Employees (and even a few private sector folks) for Hands-Only CPR training in Augusta's Capital Park. The weather was perfect and the enthusiasm was palpable. By the end of the day, there were 272 more people trained to perform this lifesaving skill. Thanks to the Anthem Foundation, each of those 272 went home with a training kit and were asked to train 5 more friends or family members in this lifesaving skill. This means that well over 1,000 Mainers could be able to help in a cardiac emergency.

The event was made even more special when Rep. Matt Pouliot (Augusta) stopped by. He was the 2015 sponsor of legislation that requires all Maine high schools offer Hands-Only CPR training to each student before they graduate. He worked tirelessly to pass that bill and now 12,000-13,000 high school students will be trained each year. Follow this link if you want to hear Rep. Pouliot's touching and funny remarks.

Thanks to all who came (and for the awesome training team who let my daughter dance in front of the stage). I saw people from the Maine CDC, Office of Information Technology, the Judicial Branch, Legislative Information, Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Department of Education, and even a local law firm.

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