Cardiac arrest survivor teams up with employer to teach CPR

“If someone is resuscitated immediately, you can triple their chance of survival,” said a Jefferson Health training center coordinator.

CAMDEN, NJ (WPVI) — Kevin McGowen thought it was going to be just another Tuesday afternoon at NFI Industries in Camden, New Jersey. He works there as Director of Claims and Resolution, but three years ago he suffered a heart attack and needed help.

He was clinically dead for 8 minutes. When colleagues took action and started CPR, another colleague obtained and inserted a defibrillator.

“I wouldn’t be here today without their efforts and the safety culture at NFI Industries,” says McGowen.

To raise awareness of the importance of CPR in the workplace, at home, or anywhere, the American Heart Association and NFI Industries have partnered to hold hands-only CPR classes for their employees.

“When someone is resuscitated immediately, you can triple their chance of surviving,” says Maureen Green, training center coordinator at Jefferson Health. “Learning CPR is not a gift to yourself, it is a gift to your family since most arrests happen in your home.

McGowen says he would not be alive without the life-saving efforts of his staff.

“My two pieces of advice are, if you’re a business, if you believe in security, it helps. It helps save lives when courses like this teach CPR. And enjoy the moment. Because you don’t know when it might be over,” he said.

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