Tuesday, October 4, 2011 — This Sunday’s episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (October 9 at 8PM on ABC-TV-Channel 2) will feature the importance of CPR and Red Cross training as an integral part of its heartwarming home-build story. The brave actions of 10-year-old Anaiah Rucker, who pushed her little sister from the path of an oncoming truck and was struck herself, and those of school bus driver Loretta Berryman, who used CPR to save Rucker’s life, are in the spotlight this week. They are joined by Red Cross representatives who helped teach CPR to EMHE star Paige Hemmis and others from the community, and recognized Berryman with a certificate honoring her efforts.
“In July of this past summer, the Red Cross taught Citizen CPR to volunteers, spectators, builders, designers and people from the Madison community so that they, too, could be heroes-in-waiting, just like Loretta Berryman,” said Bianca Scott, health and safety instructor for the Atlanta Red Cross. “We were honored to partner with ABC’s Extreme Home Makeover Home Edition to provide one-on-one CPR training and to help even more people learn this lifesaving skill during our build of a more comfortable home for Anaiah.”
Berryman and some of her family members attended one of the training sessions at the local Lions Club. They were surprised when Jeff Taylor and Mandy Johnson of the East Georgia (Athens) Chapter of the Red Cross presented Berryman with a National Certificate of Recognition for Extraordinary Personal Action. The award presentation and portions of the week’s training sessions were filmed and will be part of the EMHE episode scheduled to air on October 9 at 8 PM.
“We want to thank Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and the Eastern Georgia Chapter for all of their efforts to help make the Madison area safer by empowering people with the knowledge and skills to respond to an emergency,” said Terri Badour, CEO of the Georgia Red Cross. “The entire experience was very inspiring and gratifying.”
The American Red Cross is the nation’s largest provider of lifesaving training. In addition to the Citizen CPR Hands-Only course, your local Red Cross chapter offers training in full CPR, first aid skills and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED). Contact your local Red Cross or visit redcross.org/training for details and to register.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.