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The night her training came in handy

Lindy Lynn

One week after Lindy Lynn completed CPR instruction, she put her training to use.

Lynn is a part-time travel counselor at the Fredericksburg Visitor Center. Last year she and more than 550 other city employees took part in the city’s effort to train its workers in CPR and the use of an automated external defibrillator.

Lynn also works part time at Belmont, the Gari Melchers Home and Studio in Stafford County. She was on duty there, soon after completion of the CPR class, when a visitor collapsed.

The man was the guest speaker at a community group meeting. He appeared to be about 40 and fainted while giving his speech, Lynn said. When Lynn arrived in the room, the man was passed out on the floor beside the lectern. About 50 people were in the room, and five or six people stood around the man.

“No one was really sure what to do,” she said.

Someone asked if Belmont had a defibrillator, and another staff member answered yes.

“That was when it clicked in my head that, though I don’t want to use it, I did just get trained in how to use it,” Lynn said.

Lynn said she told the coworker to get the defibrillator. When she reached the man, she asked the others if he was breathing. “I’m CPR certified,” she told them.

Just then the man came to and tried to sit up.

Lynn said she remembers thinking, “Thank the Lord. I could have, but I’m glad I don’t have to do this today.”

Someone helped the man to a chair. An ambulance crew arrived, and soon the man appeared to be fine.

“He seemed just as surprised as we were,” Lynn said.

Lynn said she was glad she had the CPR training, even though she didn’t use it that night. The training gave her confidence and clarity of mind, she said.

“We have the general public coming and going all day,” she said. “You never know what need may arise.”

(For more on the city’s effort to train its workers in CPR, see the story soon in the paper.)