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06/06/2019

Riverside County teams came together once again to train an unprecedented 4,956 residents in Bystander CPR during AMR’s annual World CPR Challenge. 

For the teams in Riverside County, training is in their DNA. “When you pair teamwork with unlimited imagination, anything is possible,” said Jacqueline Kotowicz, Riverside County EMT and CPR Coordinator. “We’ve taught more than 19,000 Riverside County residents to date and it’s only June!”

As the eighth largest county in America, it took teams from AMR Riverside, AMR Hemet & Pass as well as AMR Palm Springs & Blythe to make this happen. They held numerous events across the many cities within the county, including Eastvale, Murrieta, Perris, Desert Hot Springs, Indio, Blythe and Hemet. As word began to spread, there was no shortage of volunteers—EMTs, paramedics, VSTs, mobile health technicians and CES specialists all played a role in getting people trained.  A true team effort. 

According to Kotowicz, they never turn down a chance to train. They’ve held trainings at schools, Chamber of Commerce meetings, networking groups, community pools, health fairs and have partnered with hospitals like John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital and Hemet Valley Medical Center. They were even approached by The School for the Deaf to do an abridged training and of course, they accommodated. 

To say this group is committed to training is an understatement. One of Riverside’s CPR leaders in the Desert Cities, Alex Hernandez, has a great relationship with a local high school. When he had a family emergency the day before his event, his partner, Jonathan Yegge stepped up and helped make the event happen without missing a beat. And in the city of Blythe, associate supervisor Michael Wallace, who also has fostered a great relationship with his local school district, rallied his team to train more than 2,000 students. 

In Riverside County, 50 team members came together to make World CPR week a huge success. “Having a great support team and giving everyone a chance to participate is what makes us so successful,” Kotowicz explains. 

These teams exemplify the One Team guiding principle…together we can achieve what no individual can do alone.