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Apr 19, 2012 2:48 PM

Life-saving city employee to be recognized by Mayor tomorrow

TUCSON - Tomorrow, Mayor Rothschild will recognize a City of Tucson employee who helped to save a man's life earlier this year.

On January 6, 2012, Michael Parente, a City of Tucson Environmental Services employee, was driving his route when he found John Lund unconscious on the sidewalk. Parente called 911 and began Chest Compression-Only CPR, which he continued until paramedics arrived, according to a news release from the City of Tucson.

Lund has had a long, but remarkable recovery, and wrote to Mayor Rothschild to thank Parente and the Tucson Fire Department for saving his life.

"Physicians credit Mr. Lund's lack of neurological impairment to the Chest Compression Only CPR technique, used by Mr. Parente and by TFD paramedics," the release states.

The Tucson Fire Department helped pioneer the use of the new CPR technique, which was developed at the University of Arizona, and has proven to be more beneficial than standard CPR in cases of sudden cardiac arrest, the release states.

Tomorrow's award ceremony will be held at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at the Tucson Fire Department Headquarters, located at 300 S. Fire Central Place. There will be a press conference, followed by the TFD's Annual Award Ceremony. The Mayor will present Parente with a plaque, and Lund will be present as well.

"I hope Tucsonans will take the time to learn this lifesaving technique. You never know when an emergency is going to happen," said Mayor Rothschild. "I'm honored to recognize our City Environmental Services employee, and our Fire Department employees, who save lives every day."

The Sarver Heart Center regularly offers Chest-Compression-Only CPR training classes, and has a six-minute CPR training video on their website:

http://www.heart.arizona.edu/

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