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Member of U.S. Homeland Security, Schiller Park, IL 60176 www.salf.org For Immediate Release April 10, 2003 Contact: Ciprina Spizzirri Phone: 847-928-9683 E-mail: Ciprina@salf.org

Chicago Mayor Honors SALF Instructor
On April 9, 2003 at an assembly of the City Council of the City of Chicago, Mayor Richard M. Daley recognized the heroics of two Emergency Medical Technicians, one being a SALF Instructor and Ambulance Commander, Clinton Elmore. Commander Elmore, and Paramedic Kirk were honored with a resolution for their astonishing, lifesaving actions on January 5, 2003 that Elmore calls, “Duty as usual.” At 5:00 a.m. on January 5, 2003, Ambulance 52 of the Chicago Fire Department was dispatched to aid a three-week-old baby that was having difficulty breathing. While in transit and a half-block to its location on 4300 West Belden Avenue, a car swerved in front of the rescue vehicle. The driver of the car jumped out, yelling his friend had been shot, while at the same moment a member of the infant’s family frantically waved for the ambulance. Commander Elmore immediately called for another ambulance, and both men attended to the victims. Commander Elmore administered critical life supporting first aid to the gunshot victim, as his partner, Paramedic Kirk, arrived at the home of the baby and administered first aid with a bag valve mask. Soon after, the second ambulance arrived helping to stabilize the baby’s condition and taking the child to Norwegian American Hospital. Commander Elmore continued to administer care to the gunshot victim in Ambulance 52, until their arrival at Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Due to the quick-thinking and heroic work of Commander Elmore and Paramedic Kirk, both victims are alive today. “This event is a prime example of the heroism performed daily by Chicago Fire Department,” says Daley in the Resolution given April 9, 2003. This statement supports the goals of Save A Life Foundation during the week of May 18-24, 2004, better known as Save A Life Week. These days have been recognized by 205 municipalities, 19 States, 1 U.S. Territory, and the U.S. House of Representatives to observe the invaluable efforts of Good Samaritans and EMS workers during emergencies. Save A Life Week, which runs in conjunction with EMS Week, also expresses SALF’s intent to encourage citizens of all ages to become trained with Life Supporting First Aid skills.

SALF Photo Album Everyday Hero Award 2002
Several months after September 11, 2001 SALF President/Founder Carol Spizzirri was recognized by United Airlines as their ' Every Day Hero" for her vision to prepare citizens, starting with children, to be emergency ready that resulted in her testifying at the U.S. Conference of Mayor's Emergency Summit, shortly after 9-11, to incorporate "Pre-EMS" training for all citizens, starting with children. Her testimony was part of USCM's White Paper which was presented to President Bush in the development of U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The award included an all expenses-paid trip for four to the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, UT. Award here
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Salt Lake 2002 Pavilion

Carol Spizzirri, SALF Office Manager Irv Bock, Tammy Janney PA SALF Media Dire do Ciprina Spizzirri - Thank you SALF Instructor (left) Carol J. Spizzirri (right) Pro-Star for donating official SALF winter wear for trip to Olympics

Carol and Ciprina Spizzirri

The Everyday Heros awarded by United Airlines

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For Immediate Release Save A Life Foundation April 17, 2003

Contact: Ciprina Spizzirri Phone: 847-928-9683 Fax: 847-928-9684 Nation Prepares for Save A Life Week May 18-24, 2003 Subtitle

Return to the Press Release Index Since 1993, Mayors and Governors nationwide including former Gov. Tommy Thompson (Cabinet Secretary of Health & Human Services) and Tom Ridge (Cabinet Secretary of Homeland Security) have proclaimed the third week of May "Save A Life Week". The special observance of this weeks claimed designation is to encourage all citizens; especially children to be trained in life-supporting first aid skills and take an active role in assisting in times of emergencies. To commemorate the effective life-saving efforts of both good Samaritans and Emergency Medical Service providers, "Save A Life Week" is conjoined with "EMS week". SALF, member of U.S. Homeland Security and affiliate of FEMA's Citizen Corps will continue to advocate its mission throughout 2003 along with promote the development of Citizen Corps councils in every community. With much support received from the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and municipal leagues in various states, SALF has been prestigiously recognized for being effective towards achieving maximum life safety. ### Home :: Site Map :: Privacy Policy All trademarks and copyrights on this page are the property of their respective owners. All SALF content ©1995-2005 Save a Life Foundation Inc. Questions/Comments about the web site

For Immediate Release Save A Life Foundation June 4, 2003

Contact: Ciprina Spizzirri Phone: 847-928-9683 Fax: 847-928-9684 MAYORS SPEAK OUT Subtitle

Return to the Press Release Index As Mayors and Village Presidents we are charged with the Health, Safety and Well Being of our residents, as well as the young people. To help fulfill our duties as Mayors, we developed a working relationship with the Save A Life Foundation (SALF) an organization that is dedicated towards improving public safety. The Save A Life Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and education of Life Supporting First Aid came to existence through the efforts of Carol Spizzirri, founder, mother and nurse who on Labor Day, 1992 lost her daughter Christina to a fatal car accident. Christina's life may have been saved had the first responders given prompt first aid until professionals arrived. Since that time Carol was able to have a law passed in Illinois mandating first aid and CPR training for all new police and firefighters. With the assistance of Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) a federal appropriation was sponsored and passed by President Clinton, providing funds for First Aid and CPR training for all police and emergency personnel nationwide.
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For Immediate Release Save A Life Foundation July 9, 2003

Contact: Ciprina Spizzirri Phone: 847-928-9683 Fax: 847-928-9684 PRE-EMS PREPARED Subtitle

Return to the Press Release Index About 220,000 people a year die of coronary heart disease without being hospitalized. That's about half of all deaths from CHD --- more than 600 Americans each day. Most of these are sudden deaths caused by cardiac arrest. Other factors besides heart disease and heart attack can cause cardiac arrest. They include respiratory arrest, electrocution, drowning, choking or trauma. Cardiac arrest can also occur without any known cause. Brain death and permanent death start to occur in just four to six minutes after someone experiences cardiac arrest. Cardiac arrest can be reversed in most victims if it's treated within a few minutes with an electric shock to the heart to restore a normal heartbeat. This process is called defibrillation. A victim's chances of survival are reduced by 7--10 percent with every minute that passes. Few attempts at resuscitation succeed after 10 minutes. No statistics are available for the exact number of cardiac arrests that occur each year. However, it's estimated that more than 95 percent of cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital. In cities where defibrillation is provided within five to seven minutes, the survival rate from cardiac arrest is as high as 49 percent. Early CPR and rapid defibrillation combined with early advanced care can result in high long-term survival rates for witnessed cardiac arrest. In one case, automated external defibrillators (AEDs) were mounted one minute apart in plain view at Chicago's O'Hare and Midway Airports in June 1999. In the first 10 months, 14 cardiac arrests occurred with 12 of the 14 victims in ventricular fibrillation. Nine of the 14 victims (64 percent) were revived with an AED and had no brain damage. If every community could achieve a 20 percent cardiac arrest survival rate, an estimated 45,000--50,000 people could be saved each year from CHD alone. The American Heart Association urges the public to be prepared for cardiac emergencies: " Know the warning signs of cardiac arrest. During cardiac arrest, a victim loses consciousness, stops normal breathing and loses pulse and blood pressure. " Call 9-1-1 immediately to access the emergency medical system if you see any cardiac arrest warning signs. " Give cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to help keep the cardiac arrest victim alive until emergency help arrives. CPR keeps blood flowing to the heart and brain until defibrillation can be administered. Death from cardiac arrest is not inevitable. If more people react quickly by calling 9-1-1 and performing CPR, more lives can be saved.
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Life Support For All
U.S.A. Today, August 7, 2003
Return to the News Index USA TODAY's special report on the chances of survival is close to my heart ("Sluggish responses to emergencies let patients die," Cover story, News, July 29). My sister died as a result of a hit-and-run car accident that severed her arm. When police first arrived on the scene, they did not perform first aid because they were waiting for the paramedics to arrive. If someone had applied simple pressure to my sister Christina's open wound, her life might have been saved. To prevent this tragedy from occurring again, my mom embarked on a mission that would forever change the way bystanders respond to an emergency. She founded the Save A Life Foundation. She was also instrumental in passing legislation that required all Illinois state police and fire personnel to be trained in CPR and first aid prior to graduating from their academies. It is not our responsibility to choose who lives and who dies. But we can defend the importance of life and train ourselves to be prepared to assist. Web site: http://www.usatoday.com Home :: Site Map :: Privacy Policy All trademarks and copyrights on this page are the property of their respective owners. All SALF content ©1995-2005 Save a Life Foundation Inc. Questions/Comments about the web site

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citizenjft FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 12, 2003 Contact: Ciprina Spizzirri Dir. Of Media & Public Relations Phone: 847-928-9683 Cell: 847-366-1129 corps

The Legendary Dr. Heimlich (Heimlich Maneuver) Speaks at Save A Life Foundations 2003 National “Bridge the Gap” Emergency Preparedness Summit in Chicago
What: Formally known for inventing the “Heimlich Maneuver”, a life-saving technique that has saved over 50,000 victims from choking, Dr. Henry Heimlich will be one of the many featured guest speakers at the 2003 SALF “Bridge the Gap” Summit. Dr. Heimlich, also known for the “Heimlich Chest Drain Valve”, a device first introduced during World War II to soldiers who suffered gunshot wounds will explore the need for emergency preparedness as well as discuss his medical innovations and his pioneering research towards curing Aids. Where: Chicago Hilton 720 S. Michigan Chicago, Illinois 8:45 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 17, 2003 * Members of the media will have the opportunity to speak with Dr. Henry Heimlich after his presentation. Who: Dr. Henry Heimlich (Heimlich Maneuver)

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The 2003 “Bridge the Gap” Summit hosted by Save A Life Foundation (SALF), member of U.S. Homeland Security and affiliate of FEMA’s Citizen Corps will assemble the nations top emergency, medical, public safety, school, transportation and corporate officials to address community leaders nationwide through panel discussions on how to develop the most effective and efficient emergency response plan. The goal is to bridge the gap between the onsite of a disaster scene to the time EMS arrives and to increase the chances of survival for all citizens, especially the children. Since the early 1990’s the SALF has been active in altering the way bystanders view and approach an emergency scene. With the assistance of prominent doctors such as Dr. Henry Heimlich and Dr. Peter Safar (father of CPR) SALF has successfully developed the most effective and efficient age appropriate life-supporting first aid (LSFA) programs, including CPR & Heimlich Maneuver.

Utilizing First Responders as Instructors these programs help educate, equip and train bystanders to be able to assist injured victims prior to EMS arrival.

Training Citizens to Save Lives

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citizenjft FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 15, 2003 Contact: Ciprina Spizzirri Dir. of Media & Public Relations Phone: 847-928-9683 Cell: 847-366-1129 corps

Associate Deputy Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education Speaks to School Administrators about Emergency Preparedness
What: The Associate Deputy Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools, William Madzeleski, will speak at the 2003 “Bridge the Gap” Summit, presented by the Save A Life Foundation. Associate Deputy, Madzeleski who was appointed by U.S. Secretary of Education, Rod Paige and who serves as a Cabinet member for the George W. Bush Administration will address the need for school administrators along with school children to be prepared to respond to emergencies. Where: Chicago Hilton, (Northwest Hall) 720 S. Michigan Chicago, Illinois 9:30 a.m. –10:15 a.m. Wednesday, September 17, 2003 (Presentation by Undersecretary Modzeleski, with Introduction by CEO of Chicago Public Schools, Mr. Arne Duncan)

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* Members of the media will have the opportunity to speak with all dignitaries Why: The 2003 “Bridge the Gap” Summit hosted by Save A Life Foundation (SALF), member of U.S. Homeland Security and affiliate of FEMA’s Citizen Corps will assemble the nation’s top emergency, medical, public safety, school, transportation and corporate officials to address community leaders nationwide through panel discussions on how to develop the most effective and efficient emergency response plan. The goal is to bridge the gap between the onsite of a disaster scene to the time EMS arrives and to increase the chances of survival for all citizens, especially the children. Since the early 1990’s the SALF has been active in altering the way bystanders view and approach an emergency scene. With the assistance of prominent doctors such as Dr. Henry Heimlich and Dr. Peter Safar (father of CPR) SALF has successfully developed the age appropriate life-supporting first aid (LSFA) programs, including CPR & Heimlich Maneuver that has been taught to over 700,000 school children. Utilizing First Responders as Instructors these programs help educate, equip and train bystanders to be able to assist injured victims prior to EMS arrival.

For Immediate Release Save A Life Foundation September 15, 2003

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SALF Celebrates Ten Year Journey
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Return to the Press Release Index Save A Life Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Schiller Park, IL, began its journey in 1993 after Founder/President, Carol Spizzirri, lost her daughter to a car accident, at which first responders were not trained in the basics of first aid. Save A Life Foundation, now an affiliate of FEMA Citizen Corps, member of U.S. Homeland Security, and proud member of the Rosemont Chamber of Commerce, aims to empower all citizens, especially children, with the skills to support life during an emergency. Local EMT's teach age-appropriate programs to adults at a minimal cost, while students in the public schools receive the programs for free. Save A Life Foundation will proclaim the tenth anniversary of its inception at the 2003 Bridge the Gap Summit this September 16-17 at the Chicago Hilton and Towers, which is located in downtown Chicago. This conference, which began last year, successfully unites the nation's experts in the fields of medicine, education, and corporate America for two days to share and discuss their best-practiced safety and emergency plans with the public. Coming just for this event is the U.S. Fire Administrator, David Paulison, among many other highly respected leaders. Legendary football referee, Jerry Markbreit, will be a featured speaker at the luncheon on September 16, 2003. Almost half of the United States officially recognized Save A Life Week, celebrated the week of May 18-24, 2003. In addition, there was a special honor given to Founder/President, Carol J. Spizzirri, noting her accomplishments by the Illinois General Assembly in House Resolution 305. Save A Life Week observed the valuable efforts of Samaritans and EMS workers during emergencies, with the express intent to encourage citizens to become trained in Life Supporting First Aid. SALF continues to change the outlook citizens have of their role during emergencies. If you are interested in preparing your community for potential emergencies, and would like to attend the 2003 Bridge the Gap Summit, or if you would like more information on how to implement Save A Life programs in your community or school, please visit the Web site at www.salf.org, or call the National Director of Communications, Ciprina Spizzirri, at 847-928-9683.

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For Immediate Release Save A Life Foundation September 16, 2003

Contact: Ciprina Spizzirri Phone: 847-928-9683 Fax: 847-928-9684 SAVE A LIFE FOUNDATION BRIDGES THE GAP IN TIMES OF EMERGENCY Subtitle

Return to the Press Release Index Save A Life Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Schiller Park, IL, began its journey in 1993 after Founder/President, Carol Spizzirri, lost her daughter to a car accident, at which first responders were not trained in the basics of first aid. Now an affiliate of FEMA Citizen Corps, member of U.S. Homeland Security, and proud supporter of the NGA, the Save A Life Foundation aims to empower all citizens, especially children, with the skills to support life during an emergency. Local EMT's teach age-appropriate programs to adults at a minimal cost, while students in the public schools receive the programs for free. Save A Life Foundation will proclaim the tenth anniversary of its inception at the 2003 Bridge the Gap Summit this September 16-17 at the Chicago Hilton, located in downtown Chicago, IL. This conference, which began last year, successfully unites the nation's experts in the fields of medicine, government, transportation, education, and corporate America for two days to share and discuss their best-practiced safety and emergency plans with the public. Please visit www.salf.org/summit to register, and to see a list of confirmed panelists and guest speakers. Almost half of the United States officially recognized Save A Life Week, celebrated the week of May 18-24, 2003. In addition, there was a special honor given to Founder/President, Carol J. Spizzirri, noting her accomplishments by the Illinois General Assembly in House Resolution 305. Save A Life Week observed the valuable efforts of Samaritans and EMS workers during emergencies, with the express intent to encourage citizens to become trained in Life Supporting First Aid. SALF continues to change the outlook citizens have of their role during emergencies. If you are interested in preparing your community for potential emergencies, and would like to attend the 2003 Bridge the Gap Summit, or if you would like more information on how to implement Save A Life programs in your community or school, please visit www.salf.org, or call the National Director of Communications, Ciprina Spizzirri, at 847-928-9683.

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citizenjft FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 29, 2003 Contact: Ciprina Spizzirri Dir. of Media & Public Relations Phone: 847-928-9683 Cell: 847-366-1129 corps

Miami Mayor Supports Pilot Demonstration That Will Prepare and Train Miami Children for Emergencies
What: The Save A Life Foundation (SALF), member of U.S. Homeland Security and affiliate of FEMA’s Citizen Corps visits Miami to reveal through a pilot demonstration how a child with basic life-supporting first aid (LSFA) training can be effective in times of emergencies. Miami Mayor, Manny Diaz along with representatives from the City of Miami’s Fire Department will join a class of fifth graders who will be receiving the pilot demonstration to examine and possibly consider infiltrating the SALF’s basic-life supporting first aid training programs which includes CPR & Heimlich Maneuver into all Miami schools. Where: Holmes Elementary School (address) Monday, September 29, 2003 (Training begins at 2:00 p.m.)

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* Members of the media will have the opportunity to speak with the Mayor along with Representatives from the SALF and the City of Miami’s Fire Department Who: Mayor Diaz Miami Fire Department Representatives Holmes Elementary Principal, Dr. Cooper SALF Instructor & Chicago Fire Captain, George Gurrola Since the early 1990’s the SALF has been active in altering the way bystanders view and approach an emergency scene. With the assistance of prominent doctors such as Dr. Henry Heimlich and Dr. Peter Safar (father of CPR) SALF has successfully developed the most effective and efficient age appropriate life-supporting first aid training (LSFA) programs. Utilizing First Responders as Instructors these programs have successfully trained Over 600,000 Illinois and Wisconsin school children (grades K-12) on how to assist injured victims prior to EMS arrival. The mission of the Save A Life Foundation is to educate, equip and train all bystanders, including children to be active volunteers who can help assist and aid in an emergency.

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For Immediate Release Save A Life Foundation October 15, 2003

Contact: Ciprina Spizzirri Phone: 847-928-9683 Fax: 847-928-9684

SALF Awards State Representative for Supporting 10 Years of Increased Life Safety Subtitle

Return to the Press Release Index The Save A Life Foundation (SALF), member of U.S. Homeland Security and Affiliate of FEMA/Citizen Corps, honored Illinois House of Representative, Lou Lang with the "Bridge of Life" Award on Tuesday, October 14, 2003 at his district office in Skokie. The award signifies the Save A Life Foundation's 10th Anniversary of life-saving success and honors those individuals, who have contributed to the preliminary development of the foundation as well as those who have made it possible to train over 700,000 Illinois public school children at no cost in basic life-supporting first aid skills (LSFA), including CPR and Heimlich Maneuver. Carol Spizzirri founded the SALF in 1993 shortly after her daughter, Christina was involved in a hit and run car accident and died as a result of first responders not being trained in LSFA; simple pressure to her wounds could have positively influenced her life's existence. To prevent this needless tragedy from re-occurring, Spizzirri embarked on a mission and advocated that all first responders receive first aid training prior to graduating from their academies and that all bystanders, including children be trained in skills that would enable them to assist as volunteers in times of emergencies. Representative Lang with the support of Illinois Director of the Department of Agriculture, Chuck Hartke took an active interest in Spizzirri's life-saving crusade and in 1994 co-sponsored the passing of House Bill 3909 mandating that all police officers, sheriffs and deputies, fire fighters, and auxiliary policeman be trained in first aid, including CPR and Heimlich Maneuver prior to graduating from their academies. Ms. Spizzirri honored Representative Lang with the "Bridge of Life" Award not only for his active participation in passing legislation that requires first responders to be prepared to aid in times of emergencies but also for supporting state funding and influencing House Resolution 305 that was unanimously passed in the House of Representatives, recognizing the SALF's accomplishments and efforts towards increasing the chances of survival for all American Citizens. Other "Bridge of Life" Award recipients who have already accepted included: Governor Jim Edgar Senator Steven J. Rauschenberger Congressman Philip Crane Congressman Mark Kirk

Dir., IL Dept. of Agriculture, Chuck Hartke U.S. Senator Richard Durbin Senator James ‘Pate' Philip

Representative Raymond Poe Representative Louis Lang Dr. Henry Heimlich (Heimlich Maneuver) (The Late) Dr. Peter Safar (Father of CPR) Former CEO of CPS, Gery Chico CEO Philadelphia, PA Schools, Paul G. Vallas Ernesto A. Pretto, Jr. M.D., M.P.H.

Senator Adeline Geo-Karis Senator M. Maggie Crotty Senator Walter Dudycz

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For Immediate Release Save A Life Foundation October 19, 2003

Contact: Ciprina Spizzirri Phone: 847-928-9683 Fax: 847-928-9684

SALF Awards Basketball Coach and Police Officer For Saving an Athletes Life Subtitle

Return to the Press Release Index The Save A Life Foundation (SALF), member of U.S. Homeland Security and Affiliate of FEMA/Citizen Corps, will honor Auburn Middle School's Assistant Coach, Jeffery Hart and Auburn police officer, Dewaine Hoagland with the "Tree of Life Award", an award that recognizes and commemorates brave bystander's who attempt to save a life. Jessica Ball, 22 who assists with coaching the girls basketball team at Auburn Middle School was resuscitated by coach Hart and later defibrillated with an AED by officer Hoagland after losing consciousness during a routine drill practice. When coach Hart witnessed Ball's collapse and noticed she was not breathing and her lips were blue he immediately began CPR. He continued with chest compressions until officer, Hoagland arrived with an AED and shocked her, causing her to breath again. Paramedics later arrived and rushed Ball to St. John's Hospital, where she regained stable consciousness and was shortly released. Ball who played softball and basketball in high school and two years of rugby in college was not aware of her abnormal obstructive heart condition that is aggravated by exercise and often leads to death, considering she performed many exerted drills in the past. Ball's mother, Doris Ball believes that Jessica would not be alive today if it weren't for the prompt life-saving actions of two heroes. Coach Hart, who learned CPR at 19, gets re-certified every year through his job with the Illinois Department of Corrections whom in which the Save A Life Foundation trains regularly. Where: Auburn Middle School (Award Presentation) 606 North Street. Springfield, Illinois 62651 When: 9:30 a.m. – 6:05 p.m. Tuesday, September 16, 2003 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 17, 2003 (* Awards Luncheon Ceremony)

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For Immediate Release Save A Life Foundation October 20, 2003

Contact: Ciprina Spizzirri Phone: 847-928-9683 Fax: 847-928-9684 Nextel Honors SALF President Subtitle

Return to the Press Release Index Nextel, a leading wireless service provider and "The Official Wireless Partner of Northwestern Athletics" honored SALF's President/Founder, Carol Spizzirri for her life saving achievements at the Northwestern University Football game against the Wisconsin Badgers, Saturday October 25th. As fans roared throughout halftime, chanting "Lets Go Wildcats" Spizzirri, standing on the field's end zone scored an official game ball that was presented to her by Nextel's region Vice President, Mark Flynn and Northwestern's Athletic Director, Mark Murphy. The game ball presented also acknowledged Nextel's appreciation and support for SALF's mission as well as their newfound joint affiliation in helping to improve emergency preparedness. Popularly known for their nationwide direct connect walkie-talkie, Nextel is at the forefront of innovating technology that will advance communication abilities during times of crisis. "Dialing 911 is the first thing we teach our students when approached with an emergency. Having Nextel's reliable communication service along with our most effective and efficient age-appropriate life-supporting first aid training, bystanders will be prepared to respond and citizens, including children can rest assure their lives will be secured", Spizzirri said. ### Home :: Site Map :: Privacy Policy All trademarks and copyrights on this page are the property of their respective owners. All SALF content ©1995-2005 Save a Life Foundation Inc. Questions/Comments about the web site

For Immediate Release Save A Life Foundation November 17, 2003

Contact: Ciprina Spizzirri Phone: 847-928-9683 Fax: 847-928-9684 Governor Discontinues Child Safety Training Subtitle

Return to the Press Release Index In light of the recent ABC Channel 7 News report regarding a 14 year-old Chicago boy who saved his father's life by using CPR, the Save A Life Foundation (SALF) is strongly urging the Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich to reinstate the annual budget line item funding for SALF. Illinois State Senator Walter Dudycz, who was the first to advocate state appropriations for SALF back in 1997, says: "Now is not the time to cut programs that have proven time and time again that children can make a difference and lives can be saved." When he was a Congressman, Rod Blagojevich stated: "I applaud the work of the SALF and will continue to support its efforts through the appropriations process in any way I can." Yet now, as Governor, he is removing SALF funding from the state's FY2004 budget, therefore disrupting SALF's operations as well as the continuation of the basic life-supporting first aid training (LSFA) offered free to all public school children. SALF, affiliate of U.S. Homeland Security, works together with the U.S. Conference of Mayors has been a leading advocate of Pre-EMS training of all bystanders, especially children, prepare themselves in times of emergencies since it's founding in 1993. "I have known friends who have gone through similar situations, and what Carol has accomplished is truly an inspiration and a miracle," says Congressman Kirk. Utilizing only those with EMS credentials as its instructors, SALF has trained nearly a million school children, for free, in skills such as scene safety, dialing 911, recognizing an emergency, bleed control, opening an airway, rescue breathing and the Heimlich maneuver, enabling children to save the lives of their teachers, parents, grandparents and siblings. "What good is having a means of saving lives and then not having people informed on how to do it," says Dr. Henry Heimlich, who also serves as SALF's Medical Advisor. A study conducted in 1997 showed that children who have taken this course have a 97% retention level after 3 months and a 57% increase in confidence levels. SALF hopes the Governor will reevaluate his decision and recognize those hundreds of letters from mayors, school principals and congressional leaders in support of SALF because of increased demand its program ### Home :: Site Map :: Privacy Policy All trademarks and copyrights on this page are the property of their respective owners. All SALF content ©1995-2005 Save a Life Foundation Inc. Questions/Comments about the web site

For Immediate Release Save A Life Foundation November 1, 2004

Contact: Ciprina Spizzirri Phone: 847-928-9683 Fax: 847-928-9684

WISCONSIN BRANCH RECEIVES $75,000 A W A R D IN THE FIGHT TO SAVE A LIFE Subtitle

Return to the Press Release Index Milwaukee, WI - November 1, 2004 - St. Joseph Regional Medical Center's President, Ron Groepper and Save A Life Foundation's Regional Branch Medical Director, Mark Mitchell, D.O. Emergency Medicine received a mini-grant award for $75,000 at an awards presentation event Thursday, October 28th at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Milwaukee, WI. The SALF Regional Branch, facilitated out of St. Joseph's Medical Center in Milwaukee, applied for the mini-grant three months ago to further educate and train Wisconsin schoolchildren at no cost in life-supporting first aid (LSFA) skills. After, receiving high reviews for efforts and accomplishments in preparing citizens, especially children for emergencies, SALF's National Board, selected them to win. SALF's President & Founder, Carol Spizzirri, responsible for developing the most effective and efficient basic LSFA programs, including CPR & Heimlich Maneuver presented the award and stated, "Being that I am a Wisconsin native and having all of my three children delivered here at this medical center, it is an honor to present this award". SALF's Regional Director, Dr. Mitchell, who also serves as Emergency Medical Director for St. Joseph, accepted the award and relayed a story of an 18-month-old girl, who swallowed a red rubber ball, the size of a quarter; which resulted her to go into cardiac arrest and later causing severe brain damage. He stressed that "If the mother of this young girl rendered prompt basic LSFA, she may have bypassed vegetative state." Others who attended this event included SALF branch facilitator, Gloria Singleton-Young & Principal, C. Frederick -Stanley from Sherman Multicultural Arts School who incorporated LSFA programs into her schools and recognizes the vital need for them to be part of the schools curriculum. Carol Spizzirri, founded the SALF after her eighteen-year-old daughter tragically died as a result of bystanders not prepared to assist prior to EMS arrival. To prevent this tragedy from occurring again, she advocated that all bystanders, especially children be prepared to respond in times of emergencies. With the help from Dr. Henry Heimlich (Heimlich maneuver) and the late Dr. Peter Safar (father of CPR), Spizzirri developed age-appropriate LSFA programs that would increase the chances of survival. Utilizing only first responders for instructors, SALF has been responsible for training over a million schoolchildren & adults in skills that help save a life. For more information about the Award Presentation or the Save A Life Foundation, please contact National Director of Communications, Ciprina Spizzirri at 847-928-9683 or 847-366-1129.
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IL Rep. Flowers Shows Support for Childrens' Safety
SALF, November 5, 2004
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Ciprina Spizzirri, Ronald McDonald, Rep Mary Flowers and Randolph Asst Principal Patterson Illinois State Representative (D-Chicago) 31st district, Mary Flowers, an influential activist for children's safety, attended one of Save A Life Foundation's (SALF) life-supporting first aid trainings, Wednesday, November 3 at Randolph Elementary School. The one-hour training session, co-sponsored by Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) both Global and Chicago and Northwestern Illinois Regional branches along with Chicago Public Schools (CPS), prepared the 4th graders of Randolph Elementary School for emergencies, by teaching them how to properly dial 9-1-1, identify scene safety, bleed control and how to perform CPR & Heimlich maneuver. Flowers, also a long-time supporter of SALF and its mission to train all schoolchildren, ages K-12 in LSFA skills, stated, "After, witnessing this demonstration and seeing the children eagerly interact, I can honestly say, that this training is an essential part of a child's education and that it should be implemented into each school's regular curriculum." Also on hand was McDonald's world-renowned mascot, Ronald McDonald, who kicked off each training session. He shared educational riddles and handed out free McDonald's meal item coupons to those who answered the riddles correctly. He also informed the children on the magnitude of knowing LSFA skills when confronted with an emergency. Web site: http://www.salf.org/media/news/2004 11/november 5 2004.aspx Home :: Site Map :: Privacy Policy All trademarks and copyrights on this page are the property of their respective owners. All SALF content ©1995-2005 Save a Life Foundation Inc. Questions/Comments about the web site

For Immediate Release Save A Life Foundation January 11, 2005

Contact: Ciprina Spizzirri Phone: 847-928-9683 Fax: 847-928-9684

CPS Students Learn to Save Lives: Save A Life, CPS, and Ronald McDonald House Charities Partner to Train 7,500 Students Subtitle

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What:

Chicago Public Schools (CPS), CEO, Arne Duncan and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicago land & Northwest Indiana, CEO, Ken Barun, will both attend and observe one of Save A Life Foundation's (SALF) life-supporting first aid trainings tomorrow, at Hamilton Elementary School, Chicago, Illinois. The one-hour training session, co-sponsored through grants by RMHC both Global and Regional, along with CPS, will prepare 4th graders of Hamilton Elementary for emergencies, by teaching them how to properly dial 9-1-1, identify scene safety, bleed control and how to perform CPR & Heimlich maneuver. McDonald's world-renowned mascot, Ronald McDonald will kick off the event while sharing his support for emergency safety as well as the need for children to know life-supporting first aid skills (LSFA) skills when confronted with an emergency.
Where:

Hamilton Elementary School 1650 West Cornelia Chicago, IL 60657
When:

11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 12, 2005 * Members of the media will have the opportunity to speak with CPS, CEO, Arne Duncan, RMHC, President and CEO, Ken Barun, and SALF, President and CEO, Carol Spizzirri
Why:

SALF, member of US Homeland Security, Citizen Corps was awarded a grant from Chicago Public Schools and Ronald McDonald House Charities both Global and of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana in the summer of 2004, to continue training Chicago Public schoolchildren, for free in skills that will help save lives. Since the early 1990's, utilizing only first responders as Instructors, the SALF has been active in altering the way bystanders, especially schoolchildren view and approach an emergency scene. As of today, SALF has trained nearly a million schoolchildren on how to assist injured victims prior to EMS arrival.

For Immediate Release Save A Life Foundation February 10, 2005

Contact: Ciprina Spizzirri Phone: 847-928-9683 Fax: 847-928-9684 SALF and Joliet Fire Department Announce Merger

Congressman Weller attends at M.J. Cunningham Elementary School

Return to the Press Release Index WHO: U.S. Representative Jerry Weller, Joliet Mayor Arthur Schultz, Joliet Fire Deputy Larry Mores, Joliet Fire Captain Dave Brozman, Save A Life Foundation (SALF) President and Founder Carol Spizzirri, Joliet Grade Schools Superintendent Dr. Phyllis Wilson, Plainfield Schools Superintendent Dr. John Harper, Troy Schools Superintendent Larry Wiers, M.J. Cunningham Elementary School Principal Nannette Ochs and 100 Fourth Graders. . . WHAT: A news conference will be held at an Elementary school in Joliet, in front of 100 fourth-graders to announce the merger of the Joliet Fire Department’s fire safety program, the F.A.S.T. Kids (Fire Awareness Safety Team) with the Save A Life Foundation’s Life Supporting First Aid (LSFA) training program. Congressman Weller has actively supported the merger between the Joliet Fire Department and SALF and will be in attendance. WHEN: Friday, February 11, 2005 10 a.m. WHERE: M.J. Cunningham School 500 Moran St. Joliet, Illinois (815) 723-0169 WHY: Since the early 1990’s, utilizing only first responders (fire and paramedic personnel) as Instructors, the SALF has been active in altering the way bystanders, especially schoolchildren view and approach an emergency scene. As of today, SALF has trained nearly a million schoolchildren on how to assist injured victims prior to EMS arrival. Congressman Weller, has sponsored appropriation bills that has enabled SALF to train Illinois schoolchildren, grades K-12 at no cost on how to properly dial 9-1-1, identify scene safety, bleed control and how to perform CPR & Heimlich maneuver. * Members of the media will have the opportunity to speak with Congressman Weller, Joliet Mayor Arthur Schultz, Joliet Fire Deputy Larry Mores, Joliet Fire Captain Dave Brozman, Joliet Grade Schools Superintendent Dr. Phyllis Wilson, Plainfield Schools Superintendent Dr. John Harper, Troy Schools Superintendent Larry Wiers, M.J. Cunningham Elementary School Principal Nannette Ochs and 100 Fourth Graders.

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For Immediate Release Save A Life Foundation February 24, 2005

Contact: Ciprina Spizzirri Director of Communications Phone: 847-928-9683 Fax: 847-928-9684

U.S. SURGEON GENERAL CALLS FOR EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS IN SCHOOLS

Return to the Press Release Index Friday, February 18, 2005, at the EMS State of the Science meeting, U.S. Surgeon General, Richard H. Carmona advised all Emergency Medical Service professionals, to partner with youth organizations, such as the Save A Life Foundation to prepare schoolchildren, nationwide for emergencies. He stated, “Bystanders are the first to encounter an emergency, and quite often if a child is hurt the bystander is another child. So we must give the tools to help his friend”. A week prior to the Address, Surgeon General, Carmona, requested a meeting with SALF President and CEO, Carol Spizzirri, in D.C., to include SALF’s age-appropriate LSFA teachings, as a medical component to “The Year of the Healthy Child” agenda, set forward by the Surgeon General to improve a child’s health needs, including illness and injury prevention and response SALF, member of the Department of U.S. Homeland Security’s Citizen Corps, is renowned for developing the most effective and efficient LSFA training programs, for utilizing only Emergency Medical Service (EMS) professionals, including firefighters and paramedics as instructors and for training nearly a million schoolchildren, grades K-12, at no cost in skills that prove to save a life. “We know that kids even as young as 5 can learn to recognize an emergency, look both ways to cross a street, and call for help. By teaching every child in America basic life-supporting first aid skills, we can save lives”, said Carmona. ### Home :: Site Map :: Privacy Policy All trademarks and copyrights on this page are the property of their respective owners. All SALF content ©1995-2005 Save a Life Foundation Inc. Questions/Comments about the web site

For Immediate Release Save A Life Foundation February 25, 2005

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U.S. SURGEON GENERAL ADDRESSES THE YEAR OF THE HEALTHY CHILD

Return to the Press Release Index Friday, February 18, 2005, at the EMS State of the Science Conference, U.S. Surgeon General, Richard H. Carmona advised all Emergency Medical Service providers, to partner with Pre-EMS youth organizations as the Save A Life Foundation to prepare schoolchildren, throughout the nation for emergencies. “As a trauma surgeon, I treated thousands of children whose injuries could have been prevented, he stated. “Bystanders are the first to encounter an emergency, and quite often if a child is hurt the bystander is another child. So we must give the tools to help his friend”. A week prior to addressing the members of the Gathering of Eagles VII at the Conference, Surgeon General, Carmona, met with SALF President and CEO, Carol Spizzirri, to confirm SALF’s role as the medical training component for “The Year of the Healthy Child” agenda, set forward by the Surgeon General to improve a child’s health needs. Carmona also directed his Medical Reserve Corps to make sure they work together with SALF and its programs. SALF, member of U.S. Homeland Security Citizen Corps, is renowned for developing the most effective and efficient age appropriate Life Supporting First Aid training programs, utilizing local Emergency Medical Service (EMS) professionals as instructors and for training nearly a million schoolchildren (K-12) for free, in skills that prove to save lives. “We know that kids even as young as 5 can learn to recognize an emergency, look both ways to cross a street, and call for help. By teaching every child in America basic life-supporting first aid skills, we can save lives”, said Carmona. ### Home :: Site Map :: Privacy Policy All trademarks and copyrights on this page are the property of their respective owners. All SALF content ©1995-2005 Save a Life Foundation Inc. Questions/Comments about the web site

For Immediate Release Save A Life Foundation February 28, 2005

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SALF Awards Bystander who saves 4-year old from drowning

Return to the Press Release Index St. Alexian Brothers Save A Life Foundation's (SALF) Executive Branch Director, Mayor Irv Bock (SALF) along with many Rolling Meadows city officials, including Police Sgt. Tom Calcagno and Mayor Kenneth Nelson will present an award to a west suburban man who saved a 4-year old girl from drowning two weeks ago Sunday. Walter Gottfried, a truck driver for the U.S. Postal Service from west suburban Roselle administered Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) after discovering a 4-year old girl, floating face down in an indoor swimming pool at the Holiday Inn, 3405 Algonquin Road in Rolling Meadows. The young girl resumed breathing after Gottfried performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and was able to extract the water from her lungs. Officials said, "Despite the presence of lifeguards, that were on duty, adults should still employ close supervision when youngsters are swimming". SALF, headquartered in Schiller Park, IL, affiliate of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Citizen Corps is a leader in training all bystanders, especially schoolchildren, grades K-12 in basic Life-Supporting First Aid (LSFA) skills, including CPR and Heimlich maneuver. The organization's LSFA training programs, recognized by the Surgeon General as a necessary medical component to his "The Year of the Healthy Child" agenda is responsible for training nearly one million Illinois schoolchildren and adults on how to respond to emergencies, such as choking, drowning and accidents. The awards presentation will be held on March 22nd during the Rolling Meadows City Council meeting and will be televised on local cable access. For more information about the Save A Life Foundation or the Awards Presentation, contact Ciprina Spizzirri, National Director of Communications. ### Home :: Site Map :: Privacy Policy All trademarks and copyrights on this page are the property of their respective owners. All SALF content ©1995-2005 Save a Life Foundation Inc. Questions/Comments about the web site

For Immediate Release Save A Life Foundation March 15, 2005

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700 Chicago Schoolchildren Honored for Learning CPR & First Aid

Return to the Press Release Index Chicago Public School, Josiah Pickard Elementary, 2301 W. 21st Street will receive the CERT-ified, Community Emergency Response Team, School Award presented by the Save A Life Foundation, at a school assembly, Wednesday, March 16th. The school is being honored for training their entire school body, including over 700 schoolchildren, grades K-8th and 60 faculty members on how to respond to an emergency prior to paramedic arrival. For two months Pickard Elementary School incorporated the SALF's Life Supporting First Aid (LSFA) training program, "Bystander Basics" into their curriculum in attempts to enable students and school staff members, including teachers, cafeteria workers and janitors to be active bystanders within their community during emergency situations, including choking, cardiac arrest and life-threatening accidents. The age appropriate LSFA training course trained all 700 students and 62 staff members about scene safety, how to properly dial 9-1-1, bleed control, rescue breathing, early heart attack care, CPR and Heimlich maneuver. "This type of training is very important for the entire school community. Students of all ages, even as young as five can learn these safety procedures in order to assist in family and school emergencies", said Michele Govea, Pickard School's Special Event Coordinator. The training, instructed only by medical professionals, including firefighters and paramedics is offered free to all Chicago public schools and has recently been recognized by the U.S. Surgeon General, Richard Carmona as a potential medical component to the "Year of the Healthy Child" agenda, a plan set forward by the Surgeon General to improve a child's health needs, including illness and injury prevention. SALF, member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Citizen Corps is renowned for developing the most effective and efficient LSFA training programs as well as for training nearly a million schoolchildren, grades K-12, for free on how to respond to an emergency prior to medical arrival. "By teaching every child in America basic life-supporting first aid skills, we can save lives", said Carmona. ### Home :: Site Map :: Privacy Policy All trademarks and copyrights on this page are the property of their respective owners. All SALF content ©1995-2005 Save a Life Foundation Inc. Questions/Comments about the web site

For Immediate Release Save A Life Foundation December 15, 2005

Contact: Ciprina Spizzirri Nat’l Director of Communications Phone: 847-928-9683 Fax: 847-928-9684 A change in heart over CPR training

Return to the Press Release Index Guest Column by Honorable John Porter, of Washington D.C. Former U.S. Congressman (Illinois), Vice-Chair of the Board of the National Institute of Health Foundation, and Board Member of the American Heart Association We think of progress as something that signals a new beginning or change for the better. Sometimes it occurs over a vast realm of time, such as the discovery in the 16th Century and 17th Century that the center of our universe was the Sun, not the Earth as ancient Greek scientists had believed. Even then, when the renowned astronomer Nicholas Copernicus and the famed Italian scientist-inventor Galileo revealed this discovery, it took another century or two before the advent of powerful telescopes confirmed their findings. That was considered progress. In today’s American society, the wait of 100 years or more would not settle well with most people. Fortunately, the time period between a medical discovery and the way it reaches the people has grown shorter. I draw attention to last month’s announcement by the American Heart Association (AHA), concerning the way a significant life-sustaining first aid skill is taught. On November 14, 2005, the association signaled a major change about how Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation or CPR is taught to millions of Americans eager to come forward and save the life of someone stricken by a heart attack, for instance. AHA said in its findings that five minutes of defibrillator use and another 20 minutes in CPR instruction was just as effective as the standard four-hour course taught by instructors. “The more you have to remember, the more likely you are to forget,” according to the lead researcher, who presented the study. This declaration confirmed the findings of two medical researchers of 1995 that CPR is better understand by young and old if the course is shorter than the standard, longer version now offered nationwide. The researchers, Allan Braslow, now of Braslow Associates, Greenwich, CT, and Dr. Robert T. Brennan, now a child and health and social ecology researcher at Harvard Medical School, presented these findings before a medical conference in Montreal, Canada. Joined by other medical professionals, their study appeared in Resuscitation a year later. Their study concluded that older audiences thrived on a reduced time-span to learn basic CPR training. They looked at a change where instruction would be more readily accessible and acceptable for learners of all ages, requiring less time than the standard four-hour course. Video self-instruction, Drs. Braslow and Brennan proposed, was a better alternative than the traditional classroom teaching because it would achieve better CPR skill performance. A half-hour training tape would be more organized and deliver the message to people, who need to feel more competent in saving lives. Other pioneers in this life-supporting field felt the same way. The late Dr. Peter Safar, who developed the CPR method in the 1960s, advocated a shorter training period to reach more people. The national Save A Life Foundation (SALF), headquartered in Schiller Park, Illinois, is another; since the mid-1990s, SALF has been moving forward with their own abridged training method. It involves basic instruction that utilizes certified CPR instructors and eliminates lengthy

monologues. Within the next few months, they plan to unveil this new training video as a pilot nationwide. During my years of service as an Illinois congressman, I became very familiar with SALF’s stance about condensed CPR training. They found that retention levels among children, adults and the elderly increase significantly, and more people learn in a shorter period of time. These steps alone helped prepare people to respond quicker in aiding a heart attack victim. As someone who is intimately aware with SALF and AHA, this change toward shorter CPR instruction comes at a time when more and more Americans need to be aware of what to do in an emergency. Certainly, the demands of time on an individual's lifestyle offer compelling reasons why we should shift in this direction. More changes appear to be afoot in the realm of emergency medical response. Already the American Heart Association has also announced that the level of CPR compressions should be 30 to two breathes, a departure from the normal standard of 15 compressions to 2 breathes. While this change in philosophy is laudable, it’s just the beginning of a new era. We are not done yet. It should be no secret to anyone that at least 75 percent of all cardiac arrests occur at home. Approximately 95 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital. About 900 Americans die every day due to sudden cardiac arrest. The next mission is reaching people. The issue with CPR is whether people will do it. That alone invites a series of questions. Where do we go from here? Will people come forward when someone suffers a heart attack or is found unconscious on the floor of a home? Will they feel comfortable and be competent performing CPR? There are not many studies available that identify the customs of society where intervention may not encourage help or aid. When training someone to perform CPR, we have to establish a level of competency and a comfort zone that will enable him or her to do it. That’s the next area where researchers must go and make more discoveries that hopefully will come even sooner than a decade to gain acceptance. ### Home :: Site Map :: Privacy Policy All trademarks and copyrights on this page are the property of their respective owners. All SALF content ©1995-2005 Save a Life Foundation Inc. Questions/Comments about the web site

For Immediate Release Save A Life Foundation July 15, 2005

Contact: Ciprina Spizzirri Director of Communications Phone: 847-928-9683 Fax: 847-928-9684

Campaign To Cure Deaths Caused by Unprepared Bystanders

Return to the Press Release Index The Save A Life Foundation (SALF), proud member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Citizen Corps is asking Mayors and Governors nationwide to help cure preventable deaths caused by unprepared bystanders. During the months of July and August of 2005 the SALF is requesting over 2000 mayors nationwide and fifty Governors to proclaim September 2005 as “Save A Life Month”. The goal is to promote emergency preparedness during the month of September and to train citizens, starting with schoolchildren, grades K-12th basic life-supporting first aid techniques i.e. CPR and the Heimlich maneuver, and the use of an automatic external defibrillator (AED) to help assist during life-threatening emergencies before help arrives. Members of the U.S. Conference of Mayors including Mayor Rita Mullins, Palatine, Illinois, Mayor Elizabeth Kautz, Burnsville, Minnesota, Mayor Manuel Diaz, Miami, Florida and Mayor Marty Blum, Santa Barbara, California have all signed onto this campaign and are writing to their colleagues for support. “Save A Life Month” runs in conjunction with Homeland Security’s National Preparedness Month 2005, a nationwide effort to encourage American’s to take action and prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and schools. The SALF is most popularly known for their “Bystander for Kids” program, an age appropriate course, instructed only by medical professionals, such as paramedics, firefighters and EMS to train schoolchildren how to respond to an emergency. The program offered free to schools has recently been recognized by the U.S. Surgeon General, Richard Carmona as a valuable medical component to his “Year of the Healthy Child” initiative. “We are producing more responsible young adults by providing them with knowledge, confidence, and a desire to come to the aid of others in traumatic situations before medical help arrives”, stated SALF’s President and Founder, Carol Spizzirri. During the month of September, SALF will host an array of events that will bring together local, state and federal government organizations and the private sector to highlight the importance of public emergency preparedness and effective emergency response. For more information about Save A Life Foundation, and “Save A Life Month”, contact Ciprina Spizzirri. ### Home :: Site Map :: Privacy Policy All trademarks and copyrights on this page are the property of their respective owners. All SALF content ©1995-2005 Save a Life Foundation Inc. Questions/Comments about the web site

For Immediate Release Save A Life Foundation August 15, 2005

Contact: Ciprina Spizzirri Nat’l Director of Communications Phone: 847-928-9683 Fax: 847-928-9684 "Save A Life Month" Proclamations City/State

Return to the Press Release Index Proclamations By City: Arizona; Gilbert, Scottsdale, Sierra Vista Arkansas; Jacksonville, Sherwood; California; Beverly Hills, Campbell, Cerritos, Chula Vista, Hayward, Modesto, San Francisco, San Marcos, Stockton, Vallejo, Walnut Creek Delaware; Dover, Wilmington Florida; Clearwater, Deerfield, Hialeach, Holly Hill, Hollywood, Key West, Lauderhill, Ocala, Panama, Pembroke Pines, Pinellas Park, Port Orange, Port St. Lucie, Tamarac, Tampa, West Palm Beach Georgia; Atlanta Hawaii;Hawaii, County of Hilo, Honolulu Idaho; Nampa Illinois; Alma, Alton, Arlington Heights, Ashton, Bartonville, Benld, Bethalto, Brownstone, Caseyville, Chebanse, Chicago Ridge, Columbia, DesPlaines, East Alton, East Hazel Crest, Effingham, Elmwood Park, Evergreen Park, Forest Park, Germantown Hills, Gilberts Glendale Heights, Greenup, Gulfport, Hampton, Hanna City, Harvard, Hoffman Estates Karnak, Kirkland, London Mills, Markham, Maryville, Maywood, McNabb, Melrose Park, Murphysboro, New Mindon, Noble, Normal, Norridge, North Utica, Orland Hills, Pittsfield, Posen, Prophetstown, Rock Falls, Rock Island, Rockford, Rockwood, Salem, Schaumburg, Stone Park, Rockford, Rockwood, Salem, Schaumburg, Stone Park, Summit, Tiskilwa, Wamac, Williamsfield, Winnebago Indiana; Bluffton, Elkhart Frankfort, Garrett, Gary, Greensburg, Logansport Louisiana; New Orleans Massachusetts; Amesbury, Lynn Michigan; Dearborn, Southfield, Southgate, Westland Minnesota; Saint Paul Mississippi; Biloxi Missouri; St. Peters New Hampshire; Manchester New Jersey; Bayonne, Brick, Monroe, Trenton New Mexico; Santa Fe New York; Rome, Schnectady, Utica North Carolina; Concord, Durhan North Dakota; Fargo Ohio; Akron, Cincinnati, Dayton, Lorain, North Olmsted, Westlake, Youngstown Oklahoma; Tulsa Pennsylvania; York Puerto Rico; Cumay Rhode Island; Johnston Warwick South Carolina; Charleston Hartsville Tennessee; Cleveland Texas; Dallas, Denton Euless, Irving League, Midland North, Richland Hills, Plano, Sugar Land Virginia; Chesapeake, Petersburg, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach Wisconsin; Milwaukee Proclamation By State: American Samoa; Governor Togiola Tulafono Arizona; Governor Janet Napolitano Colorado; Governor Bill Owens Connecticut; Governor M. Jodi Rell Kentucky; Governor Ernie Fletcher Maryland; Governor Ehrlich, Jr. Michigan; Governor Jennifer M. Granholm Nebraska; Governor Dave Heineman Oregon; Governor Theodore R. Kulongoski Illinois; Governor Blagojevich South Carolina; Governor Mark Sanford Wisconsin; Governor Jim Doyle U.S. Congress Rep. Louis Capps ### Home :: Site Map :: Privacy Policy All trademarks and copyrights on this page are the property of their respective owners. All SALF content ©1995-2005 Save a Life Foundation Inc. Questions/Comments about the web site

For Immediate Release Save A Life Foundation August 18, 2005

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First Ever U.S. Representative To Proclaim September 2005 Save A Life Month

Return to the Press Release Index Friday, July 29, 2005- U.S. Representative Lois Capps, 23rd Congressional District of California became the first member of Congress to stand before the U.S. Assembly and House Speaker, Dennis Hastert to proclaim September 2005 “Save A Life Month” Every year Save A Life Foundation, proud member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Citizen Corps coordinates a national awareness movement that encourages thousands of mayors along with governors to proclaim “Save A Life Month” for his/her community; this year marks the first for congressional leaders to participate. The goal of “Save A Life Month” is to heighten emergency preparedness awareness along with basic life-supporting first aid training, including CPR, Heimlich maneuver and the use of an automatic external defibrillator (AED) to citizens, especially schoolchildren, grades K-12. In the spring of 2005, after observing an SALF “For Kids” pilot training hosted by Mayor Marty Blum of Santa Barbara California, Congresswoman Capps joined Illinois Congressman John Shimkus to co-sponsor a bi-partisan Dear Colleague Letter to raise SALF awareness in Congress. In addition to the Dear Colleague Letter Representative Capps also proclaimed September 2005 National “Save A Life Month” in front of Congress and stated, “The U.S. Surgeon General recognizes Save A Life Foundation’s life-supporting programs as a medical component to the “Year of the Healthy Child” initiative. As both a Nurse and a Member of Congress, I am very supportive of the work that Save A Life Foundation does to equip the general public with the tools necessary to assist in an emergency”. The overall objective of Save A Life Foundation’s crusade is to enrich the public’s confidence and desire to come to the aid of others in traumatic situations before medical help arrives. In addition to this year’s “Save A Life Month” the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is hosting their National Preparedness Month 2005, a nationwide effort to encourage American’s to take action and prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and schools. To learn more about SALF and “Save A Life Month” contact National Director of Communications, Ciprina Spizzirri.

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