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congratulations to Jay Hernandez

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

As I perused through my sites yesterday, lo and behold there I am watching a news cast with Jay talking to the camera about saving a young girl’s life by performing CPR.  What a life saver!  I give you a huge hug Jay!!

I’ve worked with Jay in the past and this doesn’t surprise me at all.  His past will never leave him!  He’s been a great EMT and a great Instructor too.  Please click on the video and headlines below, enjoy the goosebumps and by all means send him congratulations through Twitter and Facebook too!  This is what EMS personnel are all about.  You can leave the fire/EMS service but the service NEVER leaves you!!

FORT MYERS: A maintenance worker at Brittany Apartments in Fort Myers is credited with saving two-year-old Katia Gool’s life Monday.

The toddler was not breathing when a delivery truck slammed into the back of the 1994 Ford Escort she was in.  Fort Myers Fire Department officials say the car had a flat tire in the 4000 block of Winker Avenue Extension westbound.

Jay Hernandez spent 22 years as a firefighter in Minnesota before moving to Florida.  His co-workers called him on his radio after the accident happened shortly before 4 p.m. Monday.

“(I was) trying to figure out if there was anybody I knew that could help because I know I don’t know CPR myself,” Brittany Apartments employee Stacey Gettys said. “When I saw what was going on, I was like, ‘Oh, Jay, where is he?’ ”

Hernandez hopped in his golf cart and rushed to the accident scene.

“I noticed that she wasn’t breathing and she had no pulse,” Hernandez said, recalling Katia’s condition as he arrived. “She was actually dead.”

In all, all four people in the Ford Escort were taken to Lee Memorial Hospital. 

Two adults and a six-year-old boy were treated and released, but Katia was taken to Tampa General Hospital. 

Her nurses said she is doing well after surgery and is expected to be released within the next two weeks.

Timothy Vanmeter, the driver of the delivery truck, was not injured.

“This is what it’s all about – people taking the time out of their day to help others. We really appreciate that,” Fort Myers Police Sgt. Brian O’Reilly said. “It was amazing. There was a couple of Good Samaritans that dropped what they were doing. They ran over to assist and they immediately began CPR.”

Hernandez points out a nurse was also among first on scene.  She had treated the six-year-old boy.

By Paul Gessler

CPR training Minnesota

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

How many sites have you tried so far??

You certainly don’t need to look any further!  We are the leader in Instructor based learning, you get a person to talk with, questions get answered and all in a comfortable, professional atmosphere.  Are you tired of sitting through a video and an instructor that has NEVER done CPR?  We make it short, sweet and to the point, your visit with us will be professional and bring a sigh of relief after all those trainings that brought you a headache AND you WILL learn something new, we can guarantee it!

American CPR & Safety students are raving about our style, humor and the way we can put the information out there to all our students to make that vital information stick! is the leader in training that is user friendly with our CPR, AED, first aid and OSHA classes being taught by instructor trainers with years of experience.  We offer low cost First Responder training that fits our busy student’s budgets, the training is certified through the EMSRB of the state of Minnesota.  We also offercompetitively priced OSHA certification training.  What more can you ask for? Do you need Blood Borne Pathogens training?  We have that also! It’s easy to contact us, just e-mail us at or call 763-477-5766!

In our last public training I received a comment from a Healthcare Provider CPR student: “I’ve taken these healthcare provider CPR classes for years, this is the first class that has given me insight to what we can do to help the alert cardiac victim, and, not just book information either! That’s what I pay for! This is a typical comment we receive time after time.  Comments such as this one gives us affirmation that we are giving all our students what they need AND what they want out of their training.

Our Wilderness First Aid Training helps scouts, adventurers and travelers with indepth training.  Are you looking for your group or troop to be trained before summer camp?  Call us,  you won’t be disappointed!

Our instructors and staff are constantly utilizing the web for OSHA updates and other Healthcare articles to find the newest and most update information to help our students stay abreast of new technology and medical news.

Our Pediatric CPR and First aid training is taught by our American Heart Association and National Safety Council trainers that have first hand knowledge of children and what to expect from those little ones, because they are experienced parents themselves!  Our  Day Care facilities and Montessori schools get the learning experience of a life time!  We are a complete training facility.  We don’t just brush the top.  Take our Pediatric CPR course and find out just what we mean. E-mail us at or call Shannon at 763-477-5766.

Are you looking for Adult CPR with AED training?  We’ve got it. It’s called Heartsaver/AED.  With this training, you can take just Adult, adult/child or include Infant training as well.  It’s fast, geared to your particular employment needs and you get your certification card at the time of training!

Some companies mail your card, so you have to wait.  Others do not include any materials in their cost !  You take the class…..we give you your training materials and card at class time!  Now that’s a complete package training.

Would you like to take our Family & Freinds CPR?  Just give us a call, we can set up an appointment in your home or our site, get at least 5 of your family members and freinds together and have a blast with our training, it’s fun, comfortable and very informative.  It’s simple to learn, all it takes is 2 1/2 hours of your time to learn how to help our 911 system save a family member or freinds’ life!

Click on our class schedule button for our individual training schedule.

For corporate training please  E-mail Shannon or call!  We fit your schedule, not the other way around.

Come on in, get comfortable and have a great experience.

See you in class,

Shannon Madden

Minnesota CPR training Life Saving Tip for Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

More life saving advise from the instructors here at American CPR & Safety, Inc.! 

It’s quite simple actually.  When the all American feast comes before you on this Thanksgiving, EAT SMALL PORTIONS! 

Our instructors will always bring this message to our students.  When training our students in CPR and First Aid, we talk briefly about how easy it is to eat healthier and safer. 

If  you have a family member with any health issues that concern their circulatory system, they need to heed this advise.  When a large meal is eaten, it puts undue stress on the heart and circulatory system.  This is the time when the person can have a Heart Attack, or even go into Cardiac Arrest!  For the many years I was in service in my fire Department, I would leave my family holiday to answer the 911 Call for a “Possible Heart” or “Full Arrest”.  This is disheartening to all who serve in EMS.  Knowing a time that is to be happy turns into turmoil.

You all can enjoy your holiday treats, just in smaller portions over a longer length of time!  Besides, think of how long that Cook was in the Kitchen making all that glorious food!!  Give them a compliment by taking your time and enjoying the gift of plenty. 

On this note, I will say have a happy Thanksgiving, may you stay healthy and happy.

Until we meet again,

Shannon, Jill, Mark, Mike and the rest of the Gang!  Oh, and Annie too..

CPR Minnesota. Heart Attack Signs/Symptoms advise

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

If you’re with someone who could possibly be having a heart attack, you should never delay in getting help, even if you only suspect there is a problem.  It isn’t overreacting. Add your Comment below!

Heart Attack Symptoms: Knowing What to Look For
The symptoms of a heart attack aren’t always obvious and often differ between men and women. Those symptoms can be subtle — perhaps one reason why some people don’t make it to an emergency room — or they can be very painful. Knowing what to look for can help you know when to take action for a friend, colleague, or loved one in distress:

  • For men: The typical male symptom is a crushing pressure behind the breastbone, also called the sternum. That pressure, Dennison says, can radiate to your arms (often the left arm) and can go into the back, shoulder blades, and jaw. Men suffering a heart attack can break out in a sweat, and sometimes they will pass out.The onset of pain may be gradual and last several minutes or more. Sometimes the pain fades and comes back.
  • For women: Women can have any of the same symptoms that men experience, but women often have more “atypical” symptoms, such as shortness of breath, and they may feel some indigestion. A woman having a heart attack may also experience pain in her jaw, and could feel a little faint.
  • Plan For the Possibility of a Heart Attack
    It’s good to have a plan in place before a heart attack occurs, especially if the person has close relatives who have had heart attacks. According to Dennison, genetics play a big part in who has a heart attack and who doesn’t. One thing he highly recommends is a medical ID bracelet so that the attending medical team will know about allergies and other medical issues.Chances of recovery are much better if the affected artery can be opened up within an hour-and-a-half of the heart attack, making it essential to get the person having the attack to the emergency room immediately. “By the time 90 minutes go by, you want to get that artery open,” Dennison says. “If you’re in a rural emergency room, and [the medical team can’t open the artery], you need clot-busting drugs.”You Think It’s A Heart Attack?
    Dennison says it’s extremely important for caregivers and friends to know the symptoms of a heart attack. Call 911 if you even suspect it’s a heart attack and here’s what you can do before help arrives:

    • Stay close.Do not leave the person to find medications to give them, UNLESS (they can tell you where their heart medication is) Don’t forget the adult dose asprin, giving this to the person could help save them.  It’s better to call for help first; emergency personnel can administer appropriate treatments.
    • Give a dose of nitro. If the person has been prescribed nitroglycerin in the past for heart disease, and the medication is close at hand, you can give them a dose.
    • Go for comfort. Make the heart attack victim more comfortable by placing them in a comfortable position, loosening clothing, and staying close to provide reassurance.
    • If needed, give CPR.Studies have shown that CPR given by a bystander can double or triple a victim’s chance of surviving cardiac arrest. If you are with someone who suddenly collapses, stops breathing, or is unresponsive, start performing hands-only CPR at 100 chest presses a minute with minimal interruptions if this is all you can do at the moment.  Learn more about how to perform CPR by signing up for a CPR certification class in your area, check out our class locations at Minnesotacprtraining. 

     Watch Mary’s story

  • The one thing you shouldn’t do? Drive the person to the hospital yourself. If you go into the emergency room with your spouse, they will say, ‘Fill out a form and sit down.’ And you are sitting there, and the next thing that happens, your spouse is on the floor. With 911, you get right in there. If it’s a panic attack, that’s fine. It could have been a heart attack!
  • Please comment and add your thoughts below. 

Will you be the next statistic due to a mistake in safety awareness?

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Listen to yourself, there was a small reminder that told you to buckle up, oops, its gone, just like that!  You can forget because of multitasking, late to an appointment or thinking I’m just going to the store.  I don’t need to buckle up.  This is all it takes and your the next statistic. 

Listen to our message on BOB 106.1FM in the first week of November. Times are Monday from 10 AM-3 PM, Wed. 3 PM -7 PM and again on Fri. 10 AM-3 PM. If you like this message, please let us know by posting a comment to our post.

This message is in memory of Jennifer O’Connor who made an error of not buckling up and died because of this mistake.  

 I’ve been to many an accident as a firefighter responder and have seen what a seat belt can do for a person.  I have also seen the results of NOT wearing one.  I just never thought it would directly impact my family and myself.  You see, Jennifer was the mom of my 7 and 8 yr. old granddaughters. 

The message is presented to you by our safety team and BOB 106.1 FM.  Because American CPR & Safety, Inc. is committed to educating the public in safety issues, we’ve partnered with several industries to get messages of safety out there to the public. 

I’d like to know your feelings on this, what would you like to see brought to the public regarding safety issues?  Did you experience something that educated you in safety?  Do you have some helpful hints for our readers, please post your comment.  I will be more than happy to put it up on site to share!

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