WNY Young Marines Learn CPR

March 20, 2011 Updated Oct 14, 2013 at 1:26 PM EDT

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WNY Young Marines Learn CPR

March 20, 2011 Updated Oct 14, 2013 at 1:26 PM EDT


BUFFALO, NY April 17, 2010 – ( release ) Rural/Metro Medical Services is hosting a community CPR course to help the WNY Young Marines achieve their CPR Certification Ribbon, which is similar to the badges achieved in the ranks of the Boy Scouts. All of the instructors and course materials have been donated by Rural/Metro Medical Services in conjunction with the Grand Island Fire Department and the Adams Fire Company, who is hosting the event.

The initiative to bring the organizations together to learn CPR has been spearheaded by Darnell Cleveland, a rising star of the Young Marines, whose father, Bob Cleveland, is a Senior Dispatcher for Rural/Metro Medical Services and an EMS Captain for the Grand Island Fire Department. The Young Marines rely on fundraisers, donations and dues to operate so any financial assistance goes a long way in helping these young individuals accomplish their goals. Darnell recognized an opportunity to assist his colleagues by tapping into important resources at his disposal. Darnell took the initiative to ask Rural/Metro and the volunteer fire fighters in Grand Island for help and the outcome will be community minded young adults who will learn life-saving skills at no-cost to the organization and their families.

“The mission of the Young Marines is to positively impact America’s future by providing quality youth development programs for boys and girls, one that nurtures and develops it’s members into responsible citizens who enjoy and promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle,” said Judy Link, Adjutant/Paymaster WNY Unit. “Through programs like this CPR training we believe we are accomplishing that goal. Even a little knowledge and familiarity with CPR and the use of an AED can enhance the skill set of these fine community minded young adults.”

For Rural/Metro, sponsoring an event like this was an easy decision. Not only because of their familiarity with Darnell Cleveland and the Young Marines, but also because it fits with the company’s desire to provide cost-effective (or free) CPR training to community organizations in an effort to train as many people in life-saving skills as possible.

“Rural/Metro Medical Services is delighted to provide this training opportunity to the WNY Young Marines,” said Jay Smith, Public Affairs Manager for Rural/Metro Medical Services. “In a cardiac event, minutes matter, and CPR saves lives. I applaud these young individuals for taking advantage of this opportunity to learn these life-saving skills and the WNY Young Marines program for providing value based learning opportunities for WNY children.”

Over the years Rural/Metro has primarily focused on the professional healthcare provider, however, they have a complete offering of American Heart Association CPR courses designed specifically for the general public and layperson and decided that this initiative was one worth doing completely as an In-Kind donation, meaning at no cost to the participants. The instructors are top-notch and highly credentialed especially in providing American Heart Association courses. The ability to teach basic life saving skills to members of the community at large is something that Rural/Metro’s Education Department feels is an important link in the Chain of Survival: Early Access (Call 9-1-1), Early CPR, Early Defibrillation and Early Advanced Care (Paramedics). Offering training opportunities in partnership like this one is an outreach that Rural/Metro feels is a way to strengthen the chain of survival in the communities that they serve.

“In a cardiac event we know that minutes matter and the quicker that care can be started, the better the possible outcome,” said Smith. “If your loved one is ever in need, the care you can provide can mean the difference between life and death. We encourage people to spend a few hours learning CPR and First Aid skills that can help save the lives of their friends and families.”

More about Rural/Metro

Rural/Metro Medical Services is the premier provider of health and safety solutions in Western New York, providing services to more than two dozen municipalities in Erie and Niagara counties. Rural/Metro is dedicated to protecting the lives in the communities we serve. We place a premium on patient care and we believe in community trust. Rural/Metro believes in establishing integrated partnerships, as well as efficient customer services. We work closely with hospitals, municipalities, volunteer fire companies and other professionals every day with the understanding that community health is our common objective. Rural/Metro uses an in-house education department to train their over 450 EMT’s and Paramedics and proudly offers their services to community based organizations looking to provide life-saving techniques to their friends and families.

More about the WNY Young Marines

The WNY Young Marine’s are the Marine Corps official youth program to help positively impact young adults by developing responsible citizens who enjoy and promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. The unit is led by dedicated adult volunteers who are prior, or active, military personnel who passionately believe that the values they learned while serving in the armed forces had a positive effect on their lives. They aim to help the Young Marines learn the inner values of Leadership, Teamwork and Dedication. The Young Marines works to acquire ribbons, which are similar to badges in the Boys Scouts, and CPR training is one of these requirements.