December 6, 2013

Good Timing and Good Training at L.A. Gym Saves a Life

Saved at the gym.75-Year-Old Tom Ingui considers himself one lucky guy. According to a story on, Tom suffered a cardiac arrest at a Los Angeles-area gym back in October, and fortunately, his collapse was witnessed and caught on surveillance video.

Assistant Manager Noel Basilides at Anytime Fitness in Riverside, California, with the aid of a gym patron, performed CPR and used an AED to shock Tom back to life.

Our emergency care instructor readers will appreciate the following statement from this confident rescuer and fitness center employee about the timing of his real-life skills application: 

“What’s really crazy is I took my AED, CPR class one week ago.”

It’s another great anecdote to share with the students in your next class. You truly never know when those skills are going to be called upon. It’s always exciting to learn about someone fortunate enough to have had “in the nick of time” training that they can use almost immediately. More often, though, that emergency care skill set doesn’t get called upon until later, when a student might not feel as confident as they did right after class.

The Passport mobile app that comes with every ASHI and MEDIC First Aid certification card, LearningLinks refresher lessons, and the new LOOP CPR skills game—all these tools are available to empower your students to build that confidence they felt during and right after your excellent training class.

So kudos to Noel Basilides and Anytime Fitness for their appreciation of the tremendous value of CPR, AED, and first aid training.

Got some student heroes of your own? Let us know and we’ll send them a certificate showing our appreciation.

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Not an instructor but ready take on some training of your own? Find an ASHI or MEDIC First Aid training center near you.

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