Cathy Kissner – Pueblo, Colorado … Are you prepared to serve your community in whatever needs come your way?

A training course in Hands Only CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and AED (Automated External Defibrillator) brought together fourteen church members of the Pueblo First Seventh-day Adventist and three from Canon City Seventh-day Adventist Church congregation to the Pueblo Outreach and Education building to meet the challenge, January 7.

During the training, a great deal of laughter and fun was had by all. The practice time was very important, and all participants passed the program. Several attendees stated, “now I know how to do this correctly.”

Hands Only CPR meets the new standards of CPR. During and following Colorado Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (COVOAD) guidelines, the purpose of CPR became more focused. CPR is to get the blood pumping through the victims’ body until paramedics arrive on scene and perform more advanced life support. The equipment of Mini Anne mannequins and practice AEDs were purchased by the Rocky Mountain Conference (RMC) Adventist Community Services (ACS) department for the training activities.

Why CPR and AED training, one might ask. According to, every year 805,000 Americans have a heart attack, and 605,000 of them for the first time. “Approximately, 12 percent of people who have a heart attack, will die from it,” statistics show.

You could be the person who saves someone’s life because you knew how to do CPR and use an AED machine, commented the training team of Brandi Martinez of the Pueblo First Church and Cathy Kissner, RMC ACS Director.

—Cathy Kissner is the RMC Adventist Community Services Coordinator. Photos supplied.