A Texas School District’s Crusade to Save Lives Impacts Thousands

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Cincinnati, OH- May 26, 2015- San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District adopted the Heimlich Heroes program to teach over 4,000 elementary and middle school students the importance of learning how to respond in the event of choking emergencies. San Marcos is a city in Texas between Austin and San Antonio.

The program’s first session took place at De Zavala Elementary on Monday, April 27, 2015 and continued throughout May at the remaining five elementary schools and two middle schools. Sylvia Murray, the school nurse at De Zavala Elementary, discovered the Heimlich Heroes training, and after conversations with the district nurses, adopted the program for the entire school district.

“The children were extremely excited to learn this life-saving technique,” said Murray. “The training encourages and instills confidence in children to become heroes in their communities. The students even went home to teach their parents the Heimlich maneuver. The students became the teacher!”

The San Marcos High School Academy students in the Certified Nursing Assistants program and in the Emergency Medical Technician program also assisted the elementary and middle school students in learning this life-saving skill.

“Heimlich Heroes believes in the importance of early exposure,” says Terri Huntington, Heimlich Heroes program manager. “Young people are extremely curious and will remember this life-saving training experience for many years to come. Over 100,000 lives have been saved with this technique since its inception in 1974. Teaching this life saving technique to just one child can save thousands.”

About Heimlich Heroes
Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, the Heimlich Heroes program is a Deaconess initiative that teaches kids as young as seven how to become a hero by learning to perform the Heimlich maneuver correctly in order to save a life. To learn more or find out how to bring Heimlich Heroes to your school or organization, please visit www.heimlichheroes.com

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