LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) — The 8th annual ‘Heroes and Survivors Banquet’ reunited sudden cardiac arrest survivors and the people that saved them on Friday night at All-Star Banquets.
The banquet is put on by the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association’s Seven Rivers Chapter which encompasses Western Wisconsin, Northeastern Iowa, and Southeastern Minnesota. 30 people were honored from the area this year. Over 150 people attended.
“There are some amazing stories here from wives who’ve done CPR on their husbands for twelve minutes before emergency responders showed up,” said Dr. Cheri Olson, founder of the Seven Rivers Chapters. “There are children’s lives saved. There are people who teach CPR who themselves became the victims and were saved by their trainees.”
The SCAA looks to broaden public access to lifesaving devices and training like AEDs, defibrillators, and CPR training in local communities. They also raise awareness for sudden cardiac arrest.
Research shows 300,000 people suffer sudden cardiac arrest each year. Greater access to AED’s could save 40,000 lives each year.