CPR push in high schools hopefully spares heartache

Nov 23, 2015
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Every high school student in New York State will now learn CPR before graduation.  The recent mandate from the State Board of Regents follows a push from the American Heart Association and a contingent of dedicated CPR instructors, who know just how vital the life-saving skill can be.

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In June of 2009, a 14-year-old freshman from Akron Central School District took her last breath in her mother's arms on the soccer fields in the town of Newstead after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest. Annette Adamczak has since been working to teach thousands of students CPR in an effort to honor her late daughter, Emily.

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Three Town of Tonawanda Police officers were honored Thursday for helping save the life of a fellow officer. The officers sprang into action when they found 44-year old Officer Kevin Zuchlewski suffering sudden cardiac arrest on Monday.

photo by Michael Mroziak

Students at Akron High School were practicing skills Wednesday that may one day save a life. 

The American Heart Association was there to host hands-on CPR training.  Working with the American Heart Association was Annette Adamczak, whose daughter Emily collapsed and died of cardiac arrest during a soccer practice in 2009.