by: THE CLACKAMAS REVIEW - Pictured are Oregon AMR Operations Manager Marc Burnham encouraging compressions to the tune of 'Stayin' Alive' with Clackamas Review/Oregon City News Publisher Angela Fox and Kevin Anderson, AMR communications director.From midnight to midnight on Wednesday, May 22, American Medical Response professionals went coast-to-coast and trained more than 51,000 people how to save a life using chest compression-only CPR.

AMR operations in the Portland metro area and Josephine County in Oregon held 16 events and trained 1,328 people how to perform the lifesaving technique. An additional 832 people were trained in Clark County on May 17 at a separate event last week bringing the total number of people trained locally to 2,160.

Paramedics say compression-only CPR performed by a bystander can more than double the survival rate of a cardiac-arrest victim.

"There's a strong chance that someone we trained this week will save a life in the future," said Randy Lauer, general manager of Oregon AMR. "Training people to provide lifesaving CPR is one way we can make an important difference in the community."

Participants in the event were trained to perform compression-only CPR in about five minutes by local AMR paramedics and EMTs.

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