Just over a year ago, the Seneca County Hands Over Hearts CPR Challenge campaign kicked into full swing. With a goal to train 10 percent of county residents by the end of 2017, community support emerged tremendously.
We can't thank the local businesses and organizations enough for opening their doors and allowing us to help better our community. Participation has spread to many facets of the county with the aid of local volunteer fire and EMS departments.
In no way would we be where we are today without the hard work of the Vanguard Nursing class. They used our program to train hundreds of area students in Seneca and Wyandot county schools. I once again congratulate them on their gold-winning project, as it shows a lot about how important our campaign is.
To date, the total trained is almost 2,000. That is 2,000 more citizens who have said they are willing to help another in a time of cardiac arrest. Statistics show early and effective CPR dramatically can increase the chances of surviving cardiac arrest. Knowledge of what to do in an emergency not only gives someone the tools to do what is necessary, but the confidence it takes to act.
Once again this year, we will be set up in the Public Safety Building all week at the Seneca County Fair. Thanks to the sponsorships of Clouse Construction, Bloomville Fire and Bloomville EMS, we will be giving away T-shirts to participants as long as they last. We also will be giving away a $25 Visa gift card courtesy of Your Legacy Federal Credit Union.
I encourage anyone who attends the fair this year who hasn't already participated to stop by and take five minutes to learn how to "Save A Life One Heart At A Time."
Mike Homan FF/EMT-P,
Tiffin Fire Rescue Division