Why "Florian" CPR?
Saint Florian is the patron saint of firefighters, who use first responder skills like CPR to save lives daily. Saint Florian was a General of the Roman Guard, and led an elite firefighting brigade. Stationed in Lorch, Austria, Saint Florian was known for his dedication, hard work, problem solving abilities, courage, and ability to get along with and lead a diverse group of soldiers. He was persecuted for his Christian faith in 304 AD.
Why CPR Training?
Founder Jeff Vallimont has worked in public safety for over 32 years. As a teenage volunteer firefighter, a 24-year career firefighter, and currently as a safety manager for the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, Jeff has witnessed firsthand the life-saving effect of CPR in emergency situations. Jeff felt a calling to teach CPR to his community on a large-scale, and is now pursuing this call following the medical emergency of family friend Steven Smith.
How important is CPR? The Smith family gives testimony...
Steven Smith, a close family friend of Florian CPR's founder, experienced a life-threatening emergency in July 2016. Steven was hit in the chest with a baseball at practice on July 14. His heart stopped, and he immediately collapsed. A teammate was able to perform CPR until first responders arrived. After a medevac flight to a trauma hospital, a few days under sedation and medically-induced paralysis, Steven was released in wonderful health. First responders and doctors praised the CPR that Steven immediately received at the scene as a contributing factor to his full recovery.