The American Heart Association states about 400,000 people have heart attacks every year in the U.S. when they are not in the hospital, and only about 10 percent survive. The NYS State Senate approved a bill in June 2014 mandating all high school students need to be trained in CPR and learn how to use an AED, the same bill was signed into law by Governor Cuomo in October 2014.
“By teaching students these critically important skills, we are giving them the tools to literally save lives,” Cuomo said in a statement. “I am proud to sign this bill into law because it is a common-sense way to improve the education of young New Yorkers and ultimately create a healthier and safer New York for all.”
Over 385 students in grades 7th through 12th were taught these easy to learn life saving techniques by the Southold Fire Department-American Heart Association Training Center. The students were trained during their Physical Education Classes and the event was a huge success. SFD Member and EMT Chris Manfredi along with Physical Educator Mrs. Andrea Manfredi both instructed the students with the help of Physical Educators Nick Fioretti and Cindy Sepenoski. Special thanks to the Greenport Administration and Physical Education Department for allowing us to use their class times and for assisting us with the training.