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Health Center Helps Hundreds of High Schoolers Learn About Heart Health

More than 700 freshman at Pasadena High School learned the life-saving skills of CPR and first aid on April 1, thanks to John Sweitzer, CEO of Pasadena Health Center, a member of The Alliance. The training held by The American Heart Association was made possible by a generous donation from Schweitzer, a long-time American Heart Association volunteer, in honor of his sister, Cindy. The gift enabled the purchase of eight AHA CPR in Schools Kits and a half-day emergency response training.

With support from the school's athletic department and area first responders, the teens were able to gain hands-on training. Students learned CPR compressions, automated external defibrillator use, how to assist choking victims and what to expect when calling 911. Students also met inspiring role models from the Pasadena Fire Department, Life Flight and East Texas Medical Center. Visit the Pasadena ISD or AHA Bay Area/Galveston Facebook pages for more great video and photos. Houston’s Telemundo station was on site and interviewed the school principal, Joe Saavedra, student hero Brianna Garcia who saved her cousin from choking and AHA’s Tiffany Travis. Their story ran on yesterday’s 5 p.m. newscast.