Miner, Downtown Committee Join With Heart Association to Offer CPR Training at Farmers Market in Clinton Square

On the heels of NYS Mandating CPR Instruction as a High School Course Requirement, the City, Downtown Committee, and Heart Association Join Together to Teach Community Members This Important Lifesaving Skill

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Mayor Stephanie A. Miner, the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, and the American Heart Association of Central New York will co-sponsor a Hands-Only CPR™  training in Clinton Square during the Downtown Farmers Market from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 29, 2015. Demonstrations will take place every 20 minutes.

“CPR is a simple skill that can save a life and everyone in our community should learn the basics,” said Syracuse Mayor Stephanie A. Miner. “I’m pleased we have the opportunity to work collaboratively with our community partners to educate people on this important skill.”

“Each year, more than 326,000 people suffer cardiac arrest outside of the hospital. Unfortunately, only about 10% of those patients survive,” said Lisa White, Chairwoman of the Syracuse American Heart Association advisory board. “Immediate CPR can double or triple that chance of survival. These Hands-Only CPR™ demonstrations will help ensure more people have the skills to save a life, and we’re thankful to the City of Syracuse and the Downtown Committee for providing this opportunity.”

“We are excited to work with the American Heart Association and the City of Syracuse in partnership to raise awareness about saving lives,” said Merike Treier, the executive director of the Downtown Committee. “This Hands-Only CPR™ training is a valuable tool, and we’re happy to host this important life-saving opportunity”

People interested in learning the Hands-Only CPR™ technique are invited to come between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 29 to Downtown Farmers Market in Clinton Square for a quick, free training. All materials will be provided. Demonstrations will take place every 20 minutes throughout that window.

Just last week, the New York State Board of Regents mandated CPR training as a graduation requirement for high schools in the State of New York.

About CPR

When a person suffers cardiac arrest, survival depends on getting immediate Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) from someone nearby. Only about 39% of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients get the immediate help they need before professional help arrives. Hands-Only CPR™ is two simple steps to save a life: If you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse, (1) Call 9-1-1; and (2) Push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the disco song “Stayin’ Alive. Most out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen in homes and residential settings, so the life you save with Hands-Only CPR™ could be someone you love.

About the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association

The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association are devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. The American Stroke Association is a division of the American Heart Association. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.