US Veteran helps to save lives - The Worcester Observer

US Veteran helps to save lives

Worcester Editorial 11th Mar, 2016 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016   0

A WORCESTER cyber security company had a special visit from a US Air Force veteran to learn how to effectively apply CPR.

Titania owners Nicola and Ian Whiting recently welcomed Bryan Platz, an air force veteran and police officer in Minnesota, who has performed CPR more than 100 times and trained thousands of people in Coon Rapids through the ‘Heart Safe’ project.

The Mayor of Worcester, Coun Roger Knight was among the guests to learn about the life-saving scheme and was joined by representatives from Bramble Home Care, Newhall Medical Practice, Rich Print, Worcestershire LEP and Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce, including the Chamber’s chief executive Mike Ashton.

Officer Platz also joined Titania’s marketing team and visitors at the Chris Green Media Business Media Club to give a presentation on how positive public relations has been in helping to raise the profile of Heart Safe.

Since the visit, the company has installed an automated electric defibrillator at its offices on Barbourne Road and all the staff have been trained to use it.

Mr Whiting said: “We decided to open up the training sessions to Worcester residents because we felt Bryan’s skills and enthusiasm were worth sharing with the community.”

Officer Platz said: “When someone suffers a sudden cardiac arrest they are clinically dead.

“However, 100 compressions per minute promptly delivered in the first three minutes of collapse can make a huge difference to someone being dead or alive,” he added.

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