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Where we live: Akron/Newstead

Akron/Newstead

The American Heart Association awarded the Akron Central School District with its CPR Smart Schools Recognition on April 21. Akron became the first CPR Smart School in the Buffalo-Niagara region after establishing a written policy requiring each student to learn CPR before graduation.

Akron students must learn how to identify a person in sudden cardiac arrest, begin performing CPR and how to use an automatic external defibrillator.

Annette Adamczak lost her daughter, Emily, in 2009 to cardiac arrest during a soccer game in Newstead. Since then, Adamczak has trained 17,000 Western New York students in hands-only CPR.

“A tragic event is now being replaced by an assurance that Akron High School students will forever be trained in how to do hands-only CPR,” Adamczak said. “I could not be more proud.”

On April 13, the New York State Board of Regents recommended hands-only CPR and automatic external defibrillator use become part of the state’s curriculum. On May 18, the New York State Department of Education will present regulations to Board of Regents.