Any parent's worst nightmare is their child being hurt. The only thing that could be worse is if your child was hurt and you couldn't help. This fear has become even more real to me after what happened at Cook Park in Colonie Monday night. An 11-year-old boy was struck by a pitch in the chest that caused his heart to stop. The only reason this little guy had a chance to make a full recovery is because police and EMT's were able to restart his heart with CPR and a defibrillator. So here's the thing, what if officer Brian Curran hadn't arrived when he did, or worse, got there and didn't know how to help? Thankfully he did get there and he knew exactly what to do, and Colonie EMT's were fast to respond as well- which saved a life. So here's the thing, what if? What if there was no one to help? What if it was your child, friend or family member? Let me say I am NOT CPR certified...YET. If anything positive can come from this young man's struggle to get back to what will hopefully be a full recovery, hopefully more people will learn CPR and other life-saving skills. The Sean and Richie show had Colleen Dundas the "Regional Preparedness Associate" for the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York on this morning.

 

Thoughts and prayers go out to the little guy and his family. My biggest hope is he returns to full health but also please schedule CPR training for you and your groups by calling 1-800-red-cross or visiting them at www.redcrossneny.org .