September 23rd 2015 GRAFTON – Representative David K. Muradian, Jr. (R-Grafton) joined the Grafton Police Department, the Grafton Board of Health, and MedStar Ambulance Service to sponsor a community CPR day on Saturday, September 19th.
A representative from MedStar Ambulance, the town’s advanced life support provider, as well as Grafton Police Officer Tom Farrell, taught a group made up of Grafton residents. During the four hour long class, the group learned lifesaving measures including Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, choking prevention, and others.
“I was very excited to have the opportunity to host a community CPR class for the citizens of Grafton,” stated Rep. Muradian. “CPR is an important skill for our citizens to learn, especially babysitters, teachers, and those who live with the elderly. I hope that this class has made Grafton at least a little safer, and due to the overwhelming interest, I will certainly be planning another day.”
The community training day could not have come at a more appropriate time, with new Grafton Police Officer Mark Alves recently having to utilize his background and training. While partaking in an adult soccer league at The Habitat in Uxbridge, a citizen collapsed on the field next to his. Officer Alves ran over to see a female nursing student performing chest compressions, as the individual was in major respiratory distress. Officer Alves took over on the chest compressions while the nursing student retrieved the defibrillator from the desk, upon which they applied shocks to the distressed individual.
Officer Alves, as well as the nursing student, continued CPR chest compressions until EMTs arrived on scene. The individual was taken to Milford Regional Hospital, where he survived. Doctors and nurses both agreed that without the intervention of the nursing student and Officer Alves, the individual would not have survived.
“I was in the right place at the right time, and was able to use my many years of training to help save this individual’s life,” stated Officer Mark Alves. “While I am happy to know of the outcome, it highlights the fact that having more citizens trained and CPR certified provides our town another line of first-responders. This was a great class offered by Representative Muradian, and I encourage residents to get involved, to gain more knowledge.”
“Officer Mark Alves is a true hero for his actions in saving this individual’s life,” said Representative David Muradian. “To be able to join the Grafton Police Department, Grafton Board of Health, and MedStar Ambulance in providing this training is something that I am very proud of. Having more individuals within our communities CPR trained will hopefully prevent the loss of a life, should the situation arise. I could not be more proud of Officer Alves, and everyone else who contributed in this dire situation.”
Any constituent who wishes to speak to Representative Muradian or his staff please call (617) 722-2240.