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February 22, 2013

Straight from the heart

Merrimac trainer honors late brother through CPR education

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“By knowing CPR, you’ve done everything you can to be prepared,” she added.

Fahey has also had to perform CPR on her own family members. Her youngest son, Billy, now 25, was born with multiple medical issues that affected his cardiac, neurological and respiratory systems. In two instances, Fahey watched her son stop breathing and performed CPR.

While she and family are attentive to their collective cardiac history — two of her other brothers have also suffered heart attacks — as a personal trainer, Fahey said, she’s well aware of the state of the nation’s collective health. She’s hopeful these classes will also help to raise awareness for heart health and the fact that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women.

“It’s the collective things that we do, day to day, that matter,” she said, including eating healthy, getting exercise, limiting alcoholic beverages and not smoking.

BrickHouse Fitness’ first adult and infant CPR and AED training class will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday. The 21/2-hour class will be taught by Cole Welch, an American Heart Association-certified CPR instructor. This first session will be offered for a discounted price of $45. Fahey hopes to continue to hold certification classes every three months. Additional training courses will be offered for $55. The CPR dummies have been sponsored by local businesses and individuals. An AED device has been purchased through family donations in honor of Jack Fahey.

“For me, to offer this to the community every three months, that’s something I can do,” Fahey said. “That’s paying Jackie’s life forward, paying his spirit forward. He did an awful lot of good for people.”

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