Emergency training essential, enjoyable

Heroes aren’t born … they’re trained. Recently I had the opportunity to take a CPR and automated external defibrillator class at Northern Dutchess Hospital. My instructors were The Heart Safe Club of Rhinebeck, an amazing group of young women who volunteer their time as American Heart Association instructors to teach others these lifesaving skills. Touched by personal experiences and tragedy involving sudden cardiac arrest, they teach with heart.

In addition to teaching class participants these lifesaving skills, they educated us regarding the importance of increased public access defibrillation. We learned the importance of CPR and early defibrillation in the “chain of survival.” We learned only five percent of the population is trained in CPR and automated external defibrillator skills. We can do better. We learned while sudden cardiac arrest hit the community of Rhinebeck hard … a group of young women, passionate about their mission “Striving for a Hear Safe Community,” can make a huge difference. The class was not only informative, it was fun.

I encourage everyone to learn these lifesaving skills and support legislation for increased public access defibrillation. Thank you to The Heart Safe Club and Northern Dutchess Hospital for a wonderful community training event.

Jean Costanzo, Goshen