Friday, December 9, 2022


Have you ever performed CPR on someone in a medical emergency?


Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, commonly referred to as CPR, is an emergency life-saving procedure that is performed when the heart stops beating. By performing CPR on someone, you can double or even triple their chances of survival.

If you haven’t been trained in CPR, the American Heart Association has created a “Find a Course” map where you can find a CPR course near you. Find it here and sign up, you might save a life!

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Edward Thomas
10 months ago

Two young men on the lake in a “borrowed” Jon boat. Flipped the boat, one swam to shore, banged on my back door, screaming that his friend needed help. He had gone under by the time I got to him. Pulled him in and did CPR per my Boy Scout training. Took EMT’s 10 minutes to arrive. Boy spent 5 days in the hospital but lived to play another day. Second time, sunny Saturday morning, took the dog out, saw my neighbor face down in his driveway, blood from head wound, called 911, started CPR, EMT’s were there in under 5 minutes. Rushed to the hospital, DOA. Heart attack. Lost a good friend

10 months ago

Yes several times along with using the defibrillator. I even saved my wifes best friend with CPR and the defibrillator

Roger V
10 months ago

Yes. We were out walking and saw a car run off the road into a deep ditch. The 50’ish gentleman came stumbling up the hill toward us from the car and collapsed half way. Ran over and couldn’t get a pulse or breath. Did CPR. Seemed like forever till the EMTs arrived even though it was actually only a few minutes. They told me I’d saved his life as they were loading him into the ambulance. Never heard how he eventually did, but I felt truly blessed to have been there for him in that moment.

Tony V
10 months ago

no, my 1st aid training has only been needed for a few lacerations and a sprain.

10 months ago

0-1. However, I later learned that the gentleman had suffered 5 previous infarcts and the attending doc in the ER said that the last one was so massive that even if he had been on the table in the er they would not have been able to save him. However due to myself and a couple of others working on him for the ten minutes before the ambulance crew got to us, the hospital was able to harvest ten different tissues for transplant! Mixed feelings about this loss, sorrow for him but so happy that we had a hand in helping others!

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
10 months ago
Reply to  Don

Thank you for telling us about your bittersweet experience, Don. That’s a good example of why you shouldn’t give up. The gentleman didn’t stand a chance (which you didn’t know at the time), but look at all of those people you helped because of your (and others’) efforts. Thank you! Take care, and have a healthy and excellent 2022. 🙂 –Diane

10 months ago

Not yet. Military emergency medical trained, with refreshers. Statistical success rate is very low, but better than doing nothing.
We also carry an extensive medical kit and have total emergency communication gear. Pray that I never have to use any of it, except a Band-Aid.

10 months ago

Yes, twice. 0-2 unfortunately….

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
10 months ago
Reply to  Alpenliter

But you tried and, I’m sure, did your best. That’s what counts. Thank you, Alpenliter. Take care. 🙂 –Diane

Jim Knoch
10 months ago

Back in the late 1980’s at Chicot State Park, I came across a young male individual victim of a bicycle accident with severe trauma to his head (no helmet). While waiting for medical help to arrive, he stopped breathing and I was the only one in the crowd to assist with the CPR. It was difficult ventilating him due to the open skull in the sinus are and the grey matter exposed, but I persisted and continued until relieved by the EMT’s from Ville Platte that eventually arrived some 30 minutes later. I asked the park ranger at the end of the week about the condition of the accident victim and he reported that he had passed away at the hospital … at 31 years old and trying to enjoy a camping trip with his family over the Easter holidays / Spring break. In my opinion, everyone should make a point of learning CPR and first aid … both are invaluable tools to have in your safety toolbox. Oh, and always wear a bicycle helmet when you are riding a bike, heads aren’t as hard as you think!

Bob Weinfurt
10 months ago

Not yet but I took a training course should I ever need to.

Thomas D
10 months ago

No, but I’d like to think i could. Seen it done and just yesterday I read where broken bone are expected as you should compress as much as 2inches. That part I didn’t see.

Gene Cheatham
10 months ago

Yes, but I’m a healthcare provider so not your normal civilian. Basic CPR is easy to do when trained correctly. Time is of the essence! The first 60 minutes after the beginning of a heart attack are very important for possible intervention to save that life. After that, other measures are taken. Get trained! The life you save may be your family member!

10 months ago

I always hated those annual training sessions having to demonstrate on “Annie”. However, I was on a motorcycle ride with friends and had just about ended out day where we checked into a Motel 6 and were relaxing at the pool. A car pulled up and the older couple began to unload their baggage. The wife approached the chain-link fence and asked if we could help her. Her husband had collapsed on the hot ground while unloading the trunk. We rushed out and found him breathing the “death gasp”. Two of us began CPR. I instructed another guy to get on the phone and call 911. We worked for about ten minutes (what seemed like 30 minutes!) and could hear the ambulance coming. We continued CPR until they got there and got a resuscitator hooked up to him. They took him to the hospital and he survived his heart attack. He was a minister from northern CA and was in Bakersfield to attend a seminar. His wife wrote me later that he had 4 bypass surgery and lived another 4 years!

Ron Lane
10 months ago

Yes, many years ago on a small child who was pulled from our swimming pool while his mother and friend (both nurses by the way) were not paying attention. With only training from the military, I was able to revive the child and he has lived on to a full life as we speak. Several years ago, both my wife and I attended CPR/AED classes and are certified.

Tommy Molnar
10 months ago

I saved my wife with the Heimlich Maneuver. Best day of my life.

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
10 months ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Yay, Tommy! Not to mention the best day of your wife’s life, too. Take care. 🙂 –Diane

10 months ago

Yes, more times than I can remember, as a fireman for 32 years in the busiest station in the city, 80% of our calls were medically related.

Leonard Rempel
10 months ago

Not CPR, but rather the Heimlich Maneuver which was a success!

Bill H.
10 months ago

Yes, twice, unsuccessful in both instances

10 months ago

Yes, years ago, on a heart attack victim (late-20’s age) in a rural clinic with a paramedic attending. I had CPR training and was a volunteer ambulance driver. We lost him.

Wayne Caldwell
10 months ago

Yes, on my father-in-law. Unsuccessfully, however.

10 months ago

No, thankfully, but CPR and AED trained and ready to perform if ever needed.