Press the Chest Back for 2015

Press the Chest
Posted at 8:15 AM, Jun 22, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-22 05:11:58-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- Each year sudden cardiac arrest claims the lives of more than 300,000 people in the U.S. If more people knew CPR, up to 50,000 of these lives could be saved.

That's why for the fifth year in a row, Leon County first responders are hosting Press the Chest. It's a way for people to learn the proper way to perform CPR. Those taking part will also get an American Heart Association personal "CPR Anytime" kit.

Leon County EMS data shows that CPR is performed less than 20% of the time by bystanders prior to EMS arrival. While making progress, this number needs to improve. EMS asks the community to help us in the mission to teach as many citizens as possible this valuable lifesaving skill.

Capt. Sally Davis and Major Darryl Hall joined us on WTXL Sunrise with all the details. Click the thumbnail to watch the interview.

Press the Chest 2015 is Saturday, June 27 from 10 a.m. until noon. It's at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center, and it's free to take part. For more information, call (850) 606-2100 or click here.