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Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 -- Joe Mendrick was 12 when a baseball struck him in the chest and stopped his heart.

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His coach started CPR right away,a nd someone called 911. Colonie police continued CPR. Today, Joe is 17 and about to start his senior year of high school. He still plays baseball – and lacrosse – and is looking at colleges.

Joe has also helped train people in Hands-Only CPR, the American Heart Association’s two-step method to save the life of someone in sudden cardiac arrest.

Would you know what to do if someone suffered sudden cardiac arrest? Nearly 300,000 people suffer out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest each yaer, and only nine percent survive.

The American Heart Association, with the support of the Empire BlueCross Foundation, are providing an opportunity for everyone to learn Hands-Only CPR in a fun, interactive – and free - way during the Hands-Only CPR Mobile Tour on Sept. 13 at the Empire State Plaza in Albany.

Two emcees will use music to teach the 2 simple steps of Hands-Only CPR during 30-minute training sessions, which will be held at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m at the Empire State Plaza. Each participant will receive a free CPR Anytime Kit® that they can use to practice and extend the lifesaving skill of Hands-Only CPR to family and friends. Please come out and also use our AED and Hands-Only CPR Learning Labs. Share your experience via social media stations at the event. This event is free and open to the public. Pre-register at

Here's a link to a great CPR video.




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