Mayflower School District was presented with CPR School Kits by the American Heart Association and Lumber One during a demonstration Wednesday at the high school.
“As part of its support for the Central Arkansas Heart Ball, Lumber One wanted to do something for the community of Mayflower, where it’s headquartered,” Rebecca Buerkle, director of communications with the heart association, said. “Companies can show support for the American Heart Association by making a commitment like this and choosing the school they wish to have the kit delivered.”
She said the company not only provided the kit to the school, it will continue to support the American Heart Association’s mission to be a “relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives” by hosting a community CPR training event on Nov. 1 at the Mayflower location.
“Lumber One is proud to support the American Heart Association and its mission,” Adam Wells, president of Lumber One, said in a news release. “We felt it most appropriate to give back to Mayflower in this way because the community and Faulkner [C]ounty have treated our company so well since we first opened 10 years ago.”
According to the association, the school kit is unique because it is designed to teach the core skills of CPR in less than 30 minutes, serving as a lasting resource for hundreds of students; last year, nearly 30,000 students in Arkansas were trained.
“CPR, especially if performed immediately, can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival,” Tammy Quick, American Heart Association Central Arkansas Heart Ball Director, said in the release. “We are so grateful to have Lumber One partner with us to provide these resources to help with training.”
Buerkle said the event on Wednesday was a success with around 80 students taking on the two-step, hands-only technique — which starts with calling 911 and pushing hard and fast in the center of the chest — that can be learned in a matter of minutes.
She said the presentation hit home for the Mayflower group when they learned that one of their own was alive today because of the lifesaving maneuver.
“Junior student Joseph Coughlin’s life was saved by CPR in February of this year,” Buerkle said. “Joseph had an undiagnosed congenital heart defect and now has an implanted pacemaker in his abdomen.”
She said the goal of the in-school kit is to empower students to be lifesavers.
“Sudden cardiac arrest can happen anywhere, anytime,” Buerkle said. “The best chance for survival is to receive immediate CPR, however less than half of people who suffer an out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest receive CPR from a bystander.”
The kit, she said, provides the school with the tools to teach and do that repeatedly.
“More people trained hopefully means more lives saved,” Buerkle said.