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Congregation learns CPR skills


Pastor Chris DeMark of the Pittsburgh Christian Fellowship demonstrates CPR to members of his congregation during a class facilitated by Lt. Andy Marsh of the Mount Oliver Fire Department.

Lt. Andy Marsh, of the Mount Oliver Fire Department, recently visited and instructed CPR at the Pittsburgh Christian Fellowship Church in the borough.

Pastor Chris DeMark led some of his congregation in performing the skills associated with CPR and the use of an automated external defibrillator.

Nationwide, EMTs and Paramedics teat approxiamtely 300,000 people who suffer from sudden cardiac death. The reality is that anyone, at any time, can suffer a heart attack and fall into sudden cardiac death. The harsher reality is that only eight to ten percent of those victims will survive that heart event with CPR.

Lt. Marsh points out more people need to learn this lifesaving skill. What helps a victim in need of cpr is something known as the Cardiac Chain of Survival.

Simply stated, the Cardiac Chain of Survival is four links that potentially increase the survivability chances of a victim in sudden cardiac death. Organizations who would like their memberships to learn these skills should contact Lt. Marsh at 412-377-2117 or e-mail him at


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