Findlay staff gets hands-on lesson in hands-only CPR

Members of the American Heart Association gathered Sept. 20 at Findlay Volkswagen in the Valley Automall to deliver a series of lessons intended to help people suffering from heart failure.

“I absolutely learned a bunch from this,” said Terry Stockdale, controller for Findlay Automotive Group. “I didn’t realize how hard you had to push on the chest in order to save someone who is having a heart attack. I have never seen anyone have a heart attack, but I certainly want to know what to do in the event that I do see one.”

Felicia Smith, a customer service director for Findlay Cadillac and Findlay Fiat, also praised the event.

“I thought it was very informative. It wasn’t a long, drawn-out presentation but rather something we could all learn from. This included some very important emergency information that we all need to know,” she said.

Maria Sweeten, community CPR manager for the American Heart Association, said she was happy with event.

“We’re very pleased to be here,” said Sweeten. “It really is the easiest and most fun way to learn CPR. Everyone walks away with their own kit, which they can take home to train their family and friends. Eighty percent of cardiac arrests happen outside of a hospital. That means if we can have bystanders trained, we can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.”

“Findlay Automotive Group has been such a fantastic supporter of the American Heart Association,” said Kerry Sallee, development director for the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk each year. “We were excited to bring the hands-only CPR tour to Findlay Automotive Group.”

“Education like this is invaluable,” said Tyler Corder, chief financial officer for the automotive group and chairman of the American Heart Association’s Executive Challenge. “We’re proud to be a part of the American Heart Association and what it represents.”

Findlay Volkswagen is at 983 Auto Show Drive. For information, call 702-558-6600 or visit

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