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Henkins presented with Heartsaver Hero Award

The Heartsaver Hero Award was presented to Noah Henkins (second from left). He is pictured with Nina Henkins (from left), Joanne Henkins and Marcia Hartwig, Perry Memorial Community Training Center Coordinator.
The Heartsaver Hero Award was presented to Noah Henkins (second from left). He is pictured with Nina Henkins (from left), Joanne Henkins and Marcia Hartwig, Perry Memorial Community Training Center Coordinator.

PRINCETON — The Perry Memorial Hospital Community Training Center presented Noah Henkins with the Heartsaver Hero Award from the American Heart Association. Henkins completed a Heartsaver Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) course at Perry Memorial in July and on Saturday, Aug. 4, he saved a life.

Noah, his mother and grandmother were enjoying breakfast at a local restaurant. While waiting for the food to arrive, they all heard a panicked cry for help. A traveling couple was dining in the next booth and the husband had collapsed. The family sprang into action. Noah called 911 while family members began CPR. He prepared the area for the EMS team arrival. When finished with prep, he took over and performed compressions until EMS arrived. With EMS arrival he continued his CPR efforts while the EMS took additional steps needed to save this man’s life.

Noah performed CPR like he had done it a thousand times when in actuality this was his first time on a person resulting in saving a life. Thanks to Noah and his family’s training, they had the skills in performing CPR and knew the chain of survival to save someone’s life. Joanne Henkins said “I am very proud of Noah for using his knowledge and not hesitating when it was needed.”

Many Americans feel helpless to act during an emergency because they do not know how to perform life-saving skills or are afraid of hurting someone. The American Heart Association’s goal of saving 20 million lives by 2020 is encouraging everyone to learn the skills of CPR to increase the number of lives saved. Perry Memorial Hospital provides many different classes each month in an effort to save more lives in our community.

Perry Memorial Community Training Center is an American Heart Association designation. The American Heart Association's mission is "Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke." They provide HeartSaver First Aid and CPR/AED, advanced training classes BLS (Basic Life Support), ACLS (Advance Cardiac Life Support), PALS (Pediatric Advance Life Support) not only to Perry employees and also area schools, employers and healthcare facilities within their service footprint of Bureau, Marshall and Putnam counties. Classes are taught both on-site and off-site.

If you would like to learn how to save a life, like Noah did, contact Marcia Hartwig at 815-876-4449 or visit their website at www.perrymemorial.org to learn when classes are offered so you too can save a life!

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