Media Advisory: CPR/AED Training Class

Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
Contact: Merni Fitzgerald, Director of Public Affairs
703-324-3187, TTY 711, Fax 703-324-2010
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Jan. 24, 2005

Media Advisory: CPR/AED Training Class
Sponsored by Supervisor Bulova

A training class in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and the use of an automated external defibrillator, or AED, will be offered to the general public on Wednesday, Jan. 26, at 1 p.m. The free class will be held at Fairfax County Supervisor Sharon Bulova's office at 9002 Burke Lake Road, Burke.

Registration is required to attend. Because a small class size is needed to teach CPR, space is very limited, and registration will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. However, Supervisor Bulova will offer additional training classes in the future, based upon public interest.

To register or to get more information, please contact Colin A. Campbell, Office of Braddock District Supervisor, at 703-425-9300, TTY 711.

Supervisor Bulova is sponsoring the event. She also will be participating in the training, along with members of her staff; the staff of Board Chairman Gerald E. Connolly; staff from the Kings Park Library; and members of the Canterbury Woods Civic Association and Stone Haven Civic Association Community Emergency Response Teams.

The class will be taught by Rachel Moyer, who has been campaigning for state laws mandating AEDs in schools since her son died of sudden cardiac arrest several years ago; he died while playing high school basketball in Pennsylvania . Moyer, a teacher from Port Jervis, N.Y., has been instrumental in securing the passage of AED legislation in New York and Pennsylvania . In Pennsylvania , the state provides two AEDs for each school district and helps schools purchase additional units at below-retail prices. AEDs sell for roughly $3,900 each.

Sandy Canfield of Burke Centre will also be attending the training class. Canfield's 15-year-old daughter died in January 2002, while preparing to train with her Robinson High School crew teammates. Since then, she has been lobbying for the placement of AEDs in all Fairfax County schools.

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