The American Heart Association and Lexington Fire Department recently co-funded a project to equip each of Lexington’s 24 fire stations with a new electronic CPR mannequin. Citizens are encouraged to stop by any fire station in Lexington to get hands-on practice in learning Hands-Only CPR, which is CPR without breaths. (Annie are you ok? Are you ok, Annie?)

You can now visit any Lexington Fire Department Fire Station and receive hands-on training in Hands-Only CPR, absolutely FREE! You’ll ] walk away with new skills and a limited-edition #LEXSaveLives T-Shirt as a token of appreciation. Stop by Shillito Park at Fire Station 15 in the 9th District or any other Lexington Fire Station.

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Lexington Fire Chief, Jason Wells

Lexington Fire Chief Jason Wells said, “Our collective goal is simple – teach as many Lexington residents hands-only CPR as we possibly can to increase the chance of surviving a cardiac arrest for our friends, family, and neighbors. Together we can create a community of lifesavers, and we are proud to be a part of this important initiative!”

“Nearly 70 percent of cardiac arrests happen in the home, which means if you’re called on to perform Hands-Only CPR, you will likely be trying to save the life of a family member or friend,” said Andrea Ooten, Executive Director of the American Heart Association in Central and Eastern Kentucky.  As an added incentive to participate in the campaign, the first 500 people to visit a fire station to learn Hands-Only CPR and share a selfie on social media using the hashtag #LEXSaveLives will receive a free #LEXSaveLives T-shirt.

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This article appears on pages 12-13 of the July 2023 issue of HJ. To subscribe to our digital edition, click here.