On Thursday, June 6, 2019, the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD), County’s Emergency Medical Services Agency and Department of Public Health partnered with Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and the American Heart Association to host the eighth annual Sidewalk CPR Day. A news conference was held at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance to kick-off the community event.
LACoFD Deputy Fire Chief Angel Montoya emphasized the importance of Hands-Only CPR: “The reality is, as first responders, we cannot be everywhere all the time. We ask the public to be part of our team and learn this life-saving skill to help save a life.”
Walter Hill, a cardiac arrest survivor, also spoke at the news conference. He believed he would not be standing there before the crowd had it not been for Hands-Only CPR.
This year’s collective goal is to train 100,000 Los Angeles County residents on the technique. During the annual Sidewalk CPR Day, residents receive free lessons on this life-saving skill from firefighters at shopping centers, restaurants, medical facilities and other locations throughout Southern California.