Over-the-phone CPR training now a must for 911 operators in Rhode Island

  • Source: WPRI-TV CBS 12 Providence
  • Published: 09/15/2021 12:00 AM

Three years ago, Rena Fleury went into cardiac arrest at a Cumberland High School football game and died after the 911 dispatcher failed to recognize the 45-year-old needed CPR. A new law signed ceremonially on Tuesday by Gov. Dan McKee aims to ensure that never happens again by having everyone who answers emergency calls be prepared to give potentially life-saving instructions over the phone. "This is crucial. It saves lives, and it can be the difference between life and death for one of us," McKee said. Under the law, which went into effect back in June, all 911 operators are required to be certified in "telecommunicator CPR." Its sponsors, Senate Majority Whip Maryellen Goodwin and House Deputy Majority Whip Mia Ackerman, shared Fleury's story Tuesday, saying that and other incidents where bystanders were unable to perform CPR were the reason behind the legislation.


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