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Melissa Ray- Wins Civilian Life Saving Award

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Melissa Ray works at Jeunesse Global in Lake Mary. In 1990, she first took a CPR training class and learned mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Things have changed in the three decades since Melissa’s first CPR classes, and luckily for her coworker, Brendan Farwick, she recently participated in an updated training session offered by the Lake Mary Fire Department and taught by Inspector Torry Walker.

Melissa Ray works at Jeunesse Global in Lake Mary. In 1990, she first took a CPR training class and learned mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Things have changed in the three decades since Melissa’s first CPR classes, and luckily for her coworker, Brendan Farwick, she recently participated in an updated training session offered by the Lake Mary Fire Department and taught by Inspector Torry Walker.

One day at work, without warning, Brendan went into cardiac arrest and collapsed. As employees gathered around their young coworker in shock, Brendan’s supervisor called 911. While waiting for the paramedics to arrive, Melissa instinctively knew she could help and immediately started to apply the chest compressions she had learned about in her class.
“There is no doubt,” says Lake Mary Fire Chief Frank Cornier, “that had Melissa not stepped in, we would have had a very different outcome.”

For her heroism, Melissa was awarded the Civilian Life Saving Award from the Lake Mary City Commission.

“I spent a week while Brendan was in the hospital wondering, ‘Did I do enough, did I do it correctly, was I enough?’” Melissa tearfully told the commission. “I’m just happy that I took the training and was able to help Brendan, a newlywed, return home to his family.”

Lake Mary Fire Department Adopts PulsePoint Respond App

Brendan Farwick is a very lucky 28-year-old man. He lived because his employer had taken advantage of the City of Lake Mary’s CPR training program.

Brendan’s coworker was properly trained and was nearby when he needed it, but not everyone who has a sudden cardiac event is so lucky. Studies show that after a sudden cardiac arrest, the first 10 minutes are critical. If there is no intervention during this time, there is less than an eight percent chance of survival. This, coupled with the fact that an average of 1,000 people per day experience an arrest, makes the new PulsePoint Respond phone app critical.

The purpose of PulsePoint is to alert CPR-trained citizens when someone nearby is in cardiac arrest. Alerts are sent to registered users of the app by emergency services. The free mobile app also helps trained individuals find a public automated external defibrillator, if one is close by.

Those who are CPR trained can find the app on Apple’s App Store or Google Play.

Lake Mary Fire Marshal Wendy Niles has challenged the Lake Mary City Commission to get CPR-trained and sign up with the app, and she encourages all residents of Lake Mary to do the same.

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