Friday, May 8, 2015

Get CPR Trained - You CAN Save A Life

This is the man who I performed CPR on April 19, 2015 at the San Jose Airport near my departure gate. He is the 7th "save" at the San Jose Airport by virtue of a trained individual responding within a minute of sudden cardiac arrest. He lived. He had quadruple bypass surgery 10 days ago. I met with he, his wife, his daughter and his grandson (age 2). They have 4 kids and 6 grandchildren.  Below is a link to one of the media stories.

I agreed to speak with the media to raise awareness of the need to get CPR trained as well as training with an A.E.D. device.

So get trained.


You can save a life. 

I have.

Two times in the last 12 months. I don't think there are odds for that but it happen.

And get this:

He, his wife and two of their kids went to UCLA. They are huge UCLA Bruin fans!

He was an Adjunct Professor at UCLA's School of Engineering. I lecture at UCLA's Department of Sociology and at the UCLA Athletic Department.

His Grandson goes to school with one of UCLA Head Football Coach Jim Mora's kids in Manhattan Beach. His wife asked me "do you know Jim Mora?"...yes, I know Jim from teaching a class for the UCLA Football team and sponsoring the VIP Appreciation Party for his non-profit

His daughter lives in Los Altos. Her kids attend the same preschool and elementary school my kids went to. 

It hit me as I drove off that this man and his family could plan for a future and not a funeral based on CPR being performed at the right time. 

This has changed all of our lives. 

You could do the same thing for someone.

Get trained.



  1. Mike, you are literally a hero. Amazing that you were not only in the right place at the right time, but, crucially, were also well trained and ready. Twice in 12 months! Truly amazing. And truly stressful. It's a massive testament to you as a person that you performed so well in those crucial moments. That steel and courage and talent literally saved lives. Kudos.

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