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June Scholarship Recipients and Lifesaving Advice


In addition to the consistently delicious meals provided by Halifax Golf Club chefs, the plat du jour at the June 22 MOAA meeting was business, education and fun.

Following the general meeting business for the month, President Lydon introduced the 2017 MOAA JROTC scholarship winners from Flagler County high schools.

AFJROTC Cadet Lt Col Zachary Loftus from Flagler Palm Coast High School conveyed his thanks to MOAA for the scholarship, and discussed not only the importance of the four years of military learning he received in the Air Force Junior ROTC program, but also spoke of the camaraderie he continually felt with his classmates. In fact, he continually referred to them as his “family”.

Army JROTC Cadet Major Curtis Simmons, recipient of the MOAA scholarship for Matanzas High School, expressed his thanks to his Army JROTC instructors and talked about what he felt was the most important thing he learned in his training, i.e., the ability to “look at things in depth” in order to mitigate the possibility of error or misunderstanding. Simmons, like Loftus, thanked MOAA for the scholarship and the opportunity to pursue his career.

As advertised in the June newsletter, the guest speaker for the day was Dr. Edwin R. Forsberg, M.D., emergency medical physician in Palm Coast. Dr. Forsberg presented information regarding CPR and AED Plus.

Dr. Forsberg talked about his service as a 2nd Lieutenant in the military, his ER experience, and the classes he teaches in Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support for both the American Medical Association and the American Red Cross.  According to Forsberg, however, the most important people to teach about ACLS are those who are at the scene of the incidentpeople like all of us. And so he brings his message of awareness and response to groups like MOAA.

Without a doubt, Dr. Forsberg's affable, extroverted personality kept all listeners interested, especially when he used real-life examples of incidents, such as his wife's intervention on the tennis court to revive a cardiac victim. And his unexpected sense of coming timing when explaining how counting compressions on a victim's chestthink "Stayin' Alive", not "Another One Bite's the Dust"kept his audience in stitches, not only rapt attention.

To summarize, Dr. Forsberg asked his listeners to remember the following when faced with a cardiac arrest situation:  1) Point to a specific person and designate him/her to call 911 immediately; 2) Point to another person to get the facility's AED; and 3) Start chest compressions hard and fast (think "Stayin' Alive"). Remember that every one minute a person is without air, s/he has a 15% lower chance of survival. And with the average response time for critical medical calls somewhere between five and seven minutes, ordinary peopleall of us, are going to be the lifesavers.

Following the close of the meeting, MOAA members and their guests were invited to practice CPR with the AED+.

Pictured below, left to right:  MOAA member David Kelsey and Dr. Edwin Forsberg with the AED+ and a selection of practice mannequins.