FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 24, 2013 CONTACT: Katherine McCarthy, American Heart Association 518.869.

4049 or Katherine.McCarthy@heart.org Mary Rozak, Albany County Executive’s Office 518.447.7040 or Mary.Rozak@albanycounty.com

MEDIA ADVISORY STORY/PHOTO OP DAY AND DATE

An issue to take to heart: February CPR trainings mean more hearts will keep beating
Albany County takes heart health very seriously. Providing Hands-Only CPR can potentially save more lives. Albany County officials and first responders announce free CPR trainings throughout February, American Heart Month WHO:
People saved by CPR; EMS volunteer first responders who will demonstrate Hands-Only CPR: multiple first response units from Albany County; Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy; Albany County Legislature Chair Shawn Morse; County Legislator Sean Ward; County Legislator Norma Chapman; County Legislator Gil Ethier; County Legislator Tim Nichols; County Legislator Merton SimpsonAlbany County Commissioner of Health James B. Crucetti, MD, MPH; Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple; Albany County EMS Coordinator Brian Wood; Watervliet Mayor Mike Manning; Colonie Deputy Town Supervisor Bill Carl; Jack Bevilacqua, Assistant Chief Colonie EMS; Cohoes Mayor George Primeau; Dan Moran, Capital Region Advisory Board member of the American Heart Association. A press conference announcing Albany County’s efforts to promote Hands-Only CPR and schedule for free Hands-Only CPR for all throughout the month of February.

WHAT:

WHEN:

Friday, Jan. 25, 10 a.m.

WHERE: Watervliet Senior Center, 1501 Broadway, Watervliet WHY:
To create an army of lifesavers who can improve the survival rates for victims of sudden cardiac in Albany County. Nearly 400,000 people suffer out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest each year, most of those in the home. Having CPR performed doubles or triples the chances of survival for victims of sudden cardiac arrest.

About the American Heart Association The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit www.heart.org or call any of our offices around the country.

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