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POINT PLEASANT — The training program of the Mason County EMS was greatly enhanced Friday when Ruth Lemmon from the West Virginia Automobile and Truck Dealers Association, in partnership with the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation, presented a Resusci Anne CPR unit manikin.

“If the right kind of treatment can be given to a victim within seconds after he or she is stricken, the chances are good that the life can be saved,” said Lemmon. “CPR training teaches a person how to keep the heart beating while waiting on professional help to arrive.”

There has been an increase in the number of survivors from ventricular fibrillation as result of increased CPR training across the county. The training typically takes three to five hours of intensive practice and lectures. In accepting the CPR training unit, Karen Jones, Operation Chief of Mason County EMS said, they plan to train close to 100 people each year. Mason County EMS has a CPR Training Class every month, call for dates and times.

Since the NADA Foundation’s Medical Grants program began in 1975, more than 4,600 CPR training units with a value of about $3 million have been donated to organizations in all 50 states and Washington D.C. more than 2 million people have be trained on CPR units donated by new-car dealers.

The National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation, established in 1975, is the philanthropic arm of the National Automobile Dealers Association. Funds contributed by new-car and truck dealers and friends of the industry provide financial support to schools, private colleges and universities, emergency disaster relief and other community service programs. For more information, visit www.nada.org/charitablefoundation or call (800) 248-6232, Ext. 7233.

The NADA has been the voice of the dealers since 1917. That’s when 30 auto dealers traveled to the nation’s capital to convince Congress not to impose a luxury tax on the automobile. They successfully argued that the automobile is a necessity of American life. Not a luxury. Form that experience was born the National Automobile Dealers Association. Today NADA represents nearly 16,000 new-car and truck dealerships with about 32,500 franchises, both domestic and international. For more information, visit www.nada.org.

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