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Local MTA Student Philip Meyer Teaches CPR to 100 Students and Faculty

New York, NY—Marsha Stern Talmudi­cal Academy (MTA)/Yeshiva University High School for Boys student Philip Meyer, of Te­aneck, New Jersey, led a training in CPR, auto­mated external defibrillator (AED) use and the Heimlich maneuver for more than 100 MTA students and faculty this May.

The course covered chest compressions, breathing through mouth-to-mouth and in­termediary devices, and AED use. Working in small groups, Meyer taught the course repeat­edly throughout the month of May so that he could closely monitor each individual to help them gain skills and confidence in their ability to make a difference in a life-threatening situa­tion. Participants received AHA certification af­ter passing a test at the course’s conclusion.

Meyer offered the course, a module of the Heartsaver CPR AED course, through the Aris­ta National Honor Society. He is co-president of the MTA Arista Chapter. Meyer is also a certified and licensed Emergency Medical Technician, a facilitator of Family and Friends, and Heartsav­er – Bloodborn Pathogens as well as basic life support instructor with the American Heart Association (AHA). In addition, he is an active member of the Bogota First Aid squad.

“As my senior year in high school came to an end, I saw how much I have gained from MTA and I felt like I needed to give back some­how,” said Meyer. “I am very interested in medi­cine and this felt like the perfect way to contin­ue on that road while giving back to the school. The need for CPR can happen anytime so it is very important that people know what to do.”

Legislation to make CPR training a require­ment for a high school diploma is pending in the New York State Legislature; 16 states al­ready have such a requirement.

“It’s reasonable to argue that failure to be prepared for a life-threatening situation would, if one occurs, cause the unprepared person to violate the mitzvah of lo taamod al dam re’echa [don’t stand idly by your neighbor’s blood],” said Murray Sragow, director of college guid­ance at MTA. “Thanks to Philip Meyer, a large group of MTA students and faculty can now be confident that they will not violate this mitzvah if the case arises.”

After studying in Israel next year, Meyer will attend the Jay and Jeannie Schottenstein Hon­ors Program at Yeshiva University.

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