‘We can save so many lives’: Hundreds learn vital hands-only CPR at Florida Black Expo
Organizers said the goal was to train at least 500 people at the Florida Black Expo in hands-only CPR as three Jacksonville hospitals teamed up with the American Heart Association to help those in the African American community save lives.
Jax Beach man saved by CPR and AED encourages others to get trained
A warm summer day in 2015 took a potentially tragic turn for J.R. Bourne when he suffered sudden cardiac arrest on the beach. Fortunately a nearby physical therapist performed CPR until a group of lifeguards arrived with a portable AED.
Florida father pushes for CPR mandate in high schools
It’s a promise Sima made when his daughter collapsed while running on a treadmill in a gym near their Melbourne home. “She was flying through the air off that treadmill and that’s when the clock started ticking.”At the time, Sima’s 16-year-old daughter, Lexi, was the picture of health. Their story was so powerful, they convinced State Sen. Dennis Baxley to sponsor a bill that would make CPR training mandatory for high school seniors to graduate. “It could be during a health class, physical education, sports,” he said, adding that the new mandate would not require any additional school funding but would instead draw from community programs that offer CPR training for free. For Sima, an Air Force veteran who now works as an orthopedic physician’s assistant, CPR training has become a mission: education as many people about the life-saving skill as possible.
CPR training could become mandatory for Florida students
Ed Kosiec suffered sudden cardiac arrest in 2019 at a Boynton Beach fast food restaurant. Heart disease is the number one killer in the U.S. and sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death for student-athletes. Kosiec and Cobb joined other advocates in support of the legislation that would require CPR training to be taught to Florida students. Currently, CPR training is encouraged, but not mandatory. AdFlorida would join 38 other states that already require hands-on CPR training for high school graduation.
Current dragged 27-year-old under 'in seconds,' girlfriend says
A 27-year-old Jacksonville man who died Saturday after being pulled out of the ocean along Jacksonville Beach was dragged under by a strong current, his girlfriend told News4Jax. "It was just something you see in movies and you don't believe it's real, but with him it was." Jacksonville Beach police said they responded at 6:07 p.m. to report of a distressed swimmer. Instead, swim parallel to the shore until you are out of the rip current and can safely swim back to shore. Petrie said Rodriguez was originally from Levy County but was living in Jacksonville and was studying to be an electrician.
3 Jacksonville day care centers cited by DCF
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Children left alone and unsafe playgrounds are just a couple problems state inspectors found at local day care centers this month. The Florida Department of Children and Families inspects day care centers each week to make sure children are safe. Of dozens of recent day care reports, News4Jax found that several received violations. Daystar was also cited after a staff member without valid CPR certification was alone in the day care with children. You can also search the inspection reports of all day care centers in Florida by visiting Cares.MyFlFamilies.com.