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Student raises money for CPR training mannequins

By STEVE VIRKLER
JOHNSON NEWSPAPERS
PUBLISHED: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2018 AT 12:30 AM

LOWVILLE — Shortly after CPR was used to save his uncle’s life, Connor Demo decided to raise funds to help bolster training efforts in this area.

And for his senior project, the Beaver River Central School student wound up raising $855 for Lewis County Search & Rescue, allowing the county’s largest ambulance squad to purchase more CPR mannequins for training sessions.

“It’s just good to see a community come together,” said Joshua K. Genter, a paramedic with Search & Rescue.

Mr. Demo raised money by raffling off a board containing $30 worth of lottery tickets as well as gift certificates worth $50 in local restaurants and $25 for movies; Alexis Jerauld was selected as the winner. A similar board was created for a fundraiser held to help cover Mr. Ardison’s medical costs, he said.

The Beaver River senior said he sold raffle tickets at several events, including the Turkey Trot foot race on Thanksgiving morning in Lowville, “Christmas in Croghan” in December and the Search & Rescue banquet in January.

“The rest were just from family and Facebook,” he said, noting the effort was extensively shared on social media.

Lewis County legislators last year commended all those involved in helping to save the life of Mr. Demo’s uncle, Kevin “Rhino” Ardison, after he suffered from cardiac arrest in early September at his town of Croghan home.

During the incident, Mr. Ardison’s son Bryan immediately called an ambulance while daughter Kiley started administering CPR. County highway workers John Reed and Warren W. Shaw, who were working on a nearby bridge, quickly responded and continued CPR, Lewis County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Richard A. Knight used a defibrillator to continue the early treatment of Mr. Ardison, then Search & Rescue personnel cared for him until he was turned over to a LifeNet crew that took him to Upstate Medical University in Syracuse.

Mr. Genter, who responded to the call, gave high praise to the family and other early responders for their life-saving efforts and said the incident underscores the importance of public CPR training courses like those regularly offered at the Search & Rescue headquarters on West State Street.

Mr. Demo said the incident also showed him the importance of the training, which is now required for all high school students prior to graduation, and prompted him to undertake the fundraising effort on the ambulance squad’s behalf.

Anyone interested in CPR training sessions here may call Search & Rescue at 315-376-7745.

 

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