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'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' Highlights Importance of CPR/AED Training
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October 30, 2009

A family that has made it a way of life to help others is due to get a big surprise on this Sunday’s episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”

Staff of the Big Rivers Chapter of the Red Cross in Owensboro, Ky., with Clint Black, country singer and Red Cross supporter.
Staff of the Big Rivers Chapter of the Red Cross in Owensboro, Ky., with Clint Black, country singer and Red Cross supporter.
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Steven Mattingly, a volunteer firefighter for 16 years in Yelvington, Ky., often went right from work to fight a fire. In December 2007, Mattingly was directing traffic at the scene of a fire when he was hit—full speed—by a car that didn’t see him. His wife, Melissa, was driving by when the accident happened. As an EMT, she knew what to do and immediately got out of her car and ran to her husband to give him care. Both Steven and Melissa were trained by the Red Cross.

In coordination with the Big Rivers Chapter of the Red Cross in Owensboro, Ky., the importance of CPR/AED is expected to be highlighted in a scene that features designer Didiayer Snyder and country singer and Red Cross supporter Clint Black as the celebrity volunteer. 

“I feel it is essential to be trained in first aid and CPR, including how to use an AED. I was pleased to volunteer for the ‘Extreme Makeover Home Edition’ episode and proud to support an organization that teaches these lifesaving skills,” said country singer and Red Cross volunteer Clint Black.

Even though the community has done a great deal for the Mattinglys, their home was in desperate need of repair. Steven Mattingly sacrificed himself to help his neighbors, and with the help of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” his family will have the relief of being in a safe and livable home.  

“We were thrilled to join with the American Red Cross,” said Diane Korman, senior producer of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”  “The work of the American Red Cross changes lives such as those who need CPR in emergency situations—and we were honored to take part as we made over the Mattingly family's home.”

The episode about the Mattingly family is scheduled to air Sunday, November 1, at 8 p.m. (ET) on ABC.

Get Trained
The Red Cross encourages everyone to learn the skills that could save a life. You can start by watching a FREE online presentation on CPR and AED found in the “Be Informed” section of the Red Cross Ready tutorial.

Get certified in CPR/AED by contacting your local chapter. To find your local chapter, enter your zip code in the far right column of this page.

The Red Cross has created a home kit that allows people to practice their skills. The “First Aid and CPR for Everyone” kit includes information on proper hand placement and comes with a compression practice tool that helps indentify the amount of pressure needed to properly administer chest compressions.

“First Aid and CPR for Everyone,” along with other unique first aid and preparedness products and gifts, can be purchased online through the Red Cross online store or at your local Red Cross chapter.

Red Cross training can give you the lifesaving skills and confidence to respond in an emergency — contact your local chapter and get trained today!

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

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