To the Editor:
Two weeks ago my wife suffered a cardiopulmonary arrest in our home. The 911 emergency system functioned perfectly. The Boca Grande Fire Department, Shift A, under the command of Lt. Cooper, was at our home within a very few minutes. The team administered advanced cardiopulmonary resuscitation that saved her life. As soon as she is strong enough, she will be back competing with her duplicate bridge friends.
I am most grateful that our firefighters have expert medical skills and for all those responsible for this life-saving county service. I would urge each of you to take advantage of the training they offer us in basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation. This is offered at least monthly, and more often if the demand is there. Everyone should learn what to do when someone becomes unresponsive. Your intervention may save the life of someone you love, or a person that makes up our wonderful community.
William N.Cunningham, MD