Vermont goes SALF
June 11, 2007
Return to the News IndexFrom Left to Right: Dane Neal, Mike Cromis, Cara Donleavy,John Donleavy, Craig Malinowski, Carol Spizzirri, and Anthony CirelliAt an award ceremony held during Burr and Burton Academy’s most recent meeting of the Manchester, Vermontschool’s Board of Trustees, SALF recognized the school and sponsors, it’s faculty, students and the local SALFInstructors for the accomplishment of training each and every student at Burr and Burton Acadeny in SALF basic lifesupporting first aid programs during the 06-07 school year.SALF President/Founder Carol Spizzirri along with Vermont Electric Company President and CEO John Donleavypresented awards to Headmaster Charles Scranton, Dean of Students Anthony Cirelli, Cadet Coordinator CaraDonleavy, Instructors Greg Malinowski, Mike Cromis and Morgan Ax as well as Reg Trayah and Timothy Oliver of theVermont State Police who also assisted with the training. VELCO’s Donleavy is strong SALF advocate and led theeffort to bring SALF to Vermont. “Students are frequently bystanders at emergency scenes and, given Vermont’s ruralnature, when trained they can help sustain life until professional help arrives. “These students can serve as a criticalpre-EMS ‘medical care bridge’ in time of an emergency,” explained John Donleavy, who Cara Donleavy, daughter of the VELCO President and a junior at Burr and Burton, served as the SALF Junior Cadet Coordinator, taking an activerole in scheduling of the training classes, collecting the data and working with the EMS instructors to make sure that allthe students had the opportunity to be trained.SALF President Carol Spizzirri added “The SALF Cadet program here at Burr and Burton Academy is the first of it’skind for SALF, and will become a national model for future SALF branches around the country. I commend VELCO fortheir strong support, and John (Donleavy) and Headmaster Scranton for their vision and leadership in making thisprogram a reality, and a great success!” said Spizzirri.“We take pride in the many opportunities we provide for the exercise of leadership skills and the growth of self-confidence said Headmaster Scranton. We saw our students get involved, and assume responsibility for their owneducation, contributing positively to their school. This training parallels our school’s mission and the feedback fromparents and faculty has all been very positive. We are excited that all the students were able to participate in thisimportant initiative and we have included it in the curriculum for next year so that all future students of Burr andBurton, will receive SALF training.” Scranton said.