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Where we live: Depew


Depew High School was ahead of the game when it taught 600 high school students the hands-only CPR technique last spring. In recognition of that effort, the school district will become the second in Western New York to be designated as a CPR Smart School by the American Heart Association for its efforts to train students in the technique.

Robyn Swan, youth market director from the American Heart Association, will present the CPR Smart School award Tuesday to the School Board when it meets at 6:30 p.m. at the High School, 5201 S. Transit Road.

“In less than one class period, students can learn to save a life and carry this with them for life,” said Ms. Swan. “CPR saves lives and this is a great opportunity to create a generation of lifesavers. CPR can double or even triple survival rates. Teaching students CPR is a win-win,” she said. 

Last April, every student at Depew High School was trained in hands-only CPR during a physical education class. The training for all 600 students was led by Annette Adamczak, whose daughter went into cardiac arrest at a soccer practice in 2009 and died at the age of 14. Since then, Adamczak has dedicated her life to teaching hands-only CPR to students across WNY.

This week:

• The Village Board meets at 6:15 p.m. Monday in a work session, followed by its regular 7 p.m. meeting in the Municipal Building, 85 Manitou St.