A year and a half ago, Bob Favretto, owner of Kenai Chrysler Center and Great Bear Ford in Soldotna, heard of a program that provides Cardiac Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training manikins to health, civic, and educational organizations nationwide through the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation.
"We started the process and Bill Popp got the paper work going, which was quite extensive, and fortunately we received 12 for Alaska from the national organization and all 12 came to the Kenai Peninsula Borough and we were pretty excited about that," said Favretto.
The entities receiving the manikins known as Resusci Anne's were the Anchor Point Volunteer Fire Department, Bear Creek Fire Service Area, Cooper Landing Volunteer Ambulance, Emergency Response Educators, Homer Community School, Kachemak Emergency Medical Services, Kenai Peninsula EMS Council, Nikiski Fire Dept, Ninilchik Community Ambulance, Seldovia Volunteer Fire & EMS, Seward Volunteer Ambulance Corp, and the South Peninsula Hospital.
A father who lost his daughter named Anne due to a drowning where there was no CPR available originally designed the Annie manikin. The manikin was designed to train common people from all walks of life in CPR. The latest version of the manikin comes in different models, the adult or full size Annie, the junior, which is the size of a young person, and Baby Annie's. "They have become very sophisticated for working with heart, breathing and various methods of resuscitation, and we are very happy that the Kenai Borough has received all of these models in compact carrying cases that make them portable for remote site training," said Rick Morrison, a board member of the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation.
Morrison, president of Eero Audi-Volkswagen in Anchorage, was present last week to present several of the kits at the Kenai Borough Assembly meeting. The Assembly unanimously passed a Commending Resolution recognizing Kenai Chrysler Center's contribution in obtaining the CPR training manikins, and for its commitment to the health and safety of residents and visitors throughout the Kenai Peninsula Borough. "I started the donations to the national organization a few years ago, then I started going to Bob and other dealers throughout the state asking them to participate, and that's how we became eligible to receive the manikins, and I got to tell you, car dealers are probably some of the most generous grass roots people that there are in your communities," added Morrison.
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