Colonie teen stresses importance of CPR

September 14, 2017 05:14 AM

ALBANY - A 17-year-old from Colonie who nearly died after being hit in the chest with a baseball is stressing the importance of knowing how to perform CPR.

Joe Mendrick was at the Empire State Plaza in Albany on Wednesday for the hands-only CPR mobile tour.
As part of the event, experts were on hand teaching how to perform the life-saving skill.    

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Mendrick says it's something everyone should learn.

"I think it's an important skill to learn," he said. "It saved my life and saved others’ lives as well and any time you have the ability to save someone's life, you should definitely take it, because you can be that person that saves someone's life."

The American Heart Association, one of the event's sponsors, says CPR, especially if administered immediately after cardiac arrest, can double or triple a person's chance of survival.


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