It’s National CPR/AED Awareness Week!

Happy CPR/AED Awareness Week!

As part of a nationwide Red Cross campaign, the American Red Cross of Greater Grand Rapids is asking our community this week to remember and recognize the importance of getting trained in these crucial life-saving skills.

Knowing how to administer and use Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a necessity for everyone. With a 95% mortality rate for the 300,000 Americans who are victims of sudden cardiac arrest each year, the need to know these life-saving skills has never been greater. Only 3% of our community is trained — would YOU be ready in an emergency?

“We always encourage each person to become empowered through being trained in these essential skills,” says Tomme Maier, our Preparedness and Prevention Education Director. “We want people to recognize the importance of safety skills, to protect their families and our community. Knowing something as basic as CPR can be the difference between life and death for someone.”

Getting trained is as simple as setting aside a few hours to take a CPR/AED class at your local Red Cross. The class costs less than $50 and with the benefit of being trained, these skills are priceless. The cost of not being trained could be the lives of family, friends and coworkers.

For more information on course schedules, please call (616) 456-8661, stop by our offices at 1050 Fuller NE in Grand Rapids or go to our website at

To see a demonstration of CPR and AED techniques by Matt Leinart, Arizona Cardinals quarterback and Red Cross cabinet member, click here!

(Note: This demonstration is NOT a substitute for a class.)


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