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CPR can double, sometimes even triple, a victim's chance of survival

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BOARDMAN, Ohio - The majority of Americans don't know how to perform CPR. Yet, it can double, sometimes even triple, a victim's chance of survival.

"My knowledge is that had they not been there, I wouldn't be here today," said Scott Hadley of Boardman.

Hadley collapsed at his home in December after returning home from work. As his family waited for an ambulance to arrive, his neighbors, Jeff and Wendy Thomas, began performing CPR on him, a skill they've been practicing themselves and teaching others for nearly 20 years.

"Initially, it was just automatic. We started doing what we teach others to do. Several minutes into it the reality, the humanity sets in when you realize it is somebody that you care about, somebody that you've known," said Jeff Thomas, co-owner of Thomas Training Consultants.

Focusing heavily on chest compressions, Jeff and Wendy were able to keep Scott alive until paramedics arrived on scene with an automated defibrillator.

"I think like anybody, if you see a need and you are able to jump in and do something you just do. I just went into auto mode and just did what needed to be done at the time," said Wendy Thomas, co-owner of Thomas Training Consultants.

It was an action that saved the life of the Boardman husband and father and brought the group of friends even closer together.

"We choose to focus on being thankful it turned out the way it did," Hadley said.

The American Heart Association is hosting Hands-Only CPR training to educate more people on how to perform CPR. The events take place Wednesday June 19th from noon to 6:00pm at the Southern Park Mall and on Saturday June 22nd at Reuther-Scandy Alli Hall/UAW Local 1112 from 10:00a.m. until 4:00p.m.

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