Resolution 193 was introduced in City Council just a few weeks ago and if passed would require the NYC Department of Education to consider implementing the CPR in Schools training curriculum in all New York City high schools. CPR & AED Awareness Week provided multiple opportunities for city advocates to support the CPR in Schools curriculum proposal. In addition to the rally in Albany, two events were coordinated in Manhattan as well. On Tuesday, June 4th, NYC Advocacy Committee member, Dr. Matt Tomey, joined trainers from First Response Advantage to educate City Council Members and their staff about the life-saving skill of Hands-Only CPR. Council Member Julissa Ferreras, Chair of the Council Finance Committee, sponsored the event and spoke of the tremendous advocacy of the American Heart Association and of Melinda Murray, one of her constituents, who lost her only child, Dominic, to cardiac arrest when no one around him knew CPR.
The very next day, June 5th, the American Heart Association coordinated a public, outdoor Hands-Only CPR training in Foley Square Park, which is located just a block away from City Hall and the NYC Department of Education office. Altogether, more than 200 New Yorkers were trained to help save a life. The event was supported by several volunteers - including Advocacy Committee member Rachel Sica, cardiologist Dr. James Horowitz, survivor Danielle Denlien and several trainers from Train for Life training center. We were excited to once again motivate New Yorkers to support the CPR in Schools policy, as well as train more Council staff who couldn't make it to the event the day before.