Heart Safe Plymouth reaches a milestone

Plymouth resident Nicole Plunkett was Heart Safe Plymouth’s 4,000th person trained on how to identify cardiac arrest and the proper steps to take as a bystander. She is pictured with Heart Safe Plymouth volunteers Russ Carlson, Steve Beachler, Norm Okerstrom, Dave Olson and Brad Hubbard. (Submitted photo)

Plymouth Rotary’s Heart Safe Plymouth, a CPR and AED training program, as reached a milestone by surpassing 4,000 people trained since its inception in 2012.

The program recognized Plymouth resident Nicole Plunkett as its 4,000th trained person and presented her with a gift certificate to one of the partner businesses, Rock Elm Tavern, according to Norm Okerstrom, program co-chair and instructor.

Plunkett moved to Plymouth last year from Michigan and is grateful for such opportunities the community has afforded her, including this training.

“Last year, we had an incident with my son when we were on vacation in a remote location,” Plunkett said. “Luckily, a family member who is an RN was on the beach with us and was able to administer CPR. It made me realize that I had no idea on how to react in a situation like this. I feel much stronger in my abilities moving forward, although I hope that I never have to use my newly taught skills.”

Rotary has provided this training as a service to the community with members of the club volunteering at 175 training sessions in area businesses, churches and other organizations, according to Okerstrom, who gave special recognition to Director of Public Safety Mike Goldstein, Mayor Kelli Slavik and the Plymouth City Council for their support of the program.

The program helps raise awareness and provides training to potential bystanders on how to identify cardiac arrest and the proper steps to take to garner the highest rate of survival for the victim. Training includes CPR, specifically hands-only chest compressions, and how to use an automatic external defibrillator or AED.

In partnership with the City of Plymouth Public Safety Department, Heart Safe Plymouth has scheduled training sessions for 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays July 19, Aug. 2 and Aug. 16 on the second floor of the Plymouth Public Safety Building, 3400 Plymouth Blvd, adjacent to City Hall.

Space is limited to 30 participants per training session and registration is required. Due to the popularity of the training sessions and limited space, early registration is encouraged. To register, visit heartsafeplymouth.eventbrite.com.

For more information or to schedule a training session, visitrotaryplymouth.org and click on the Heart Safe tab or email: [email protected]

– Compiled by Kristen Miller, [email protected]