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Oswego Health recognizes GRB students as "future lifesavers"

Students who participated in the G. Ray Bodley High School Summer Institute’s AHA, CPR & First Aid program recently received recognition as future lifesavers from Oswego Health.  

Oswego Health teamed up with the Fulton City School District to underwrite the cost of the American Heart Association certification cards.

“Oswego Health is glad to partner with Fulton Schools on this program. CPR and first aid training are a direct tie to our health care mission to the communities we serve,” said Jamie Leszczynski, Senior Director of Communications at Oswego Health.

The one-week class was taught by Robert McCaffrey, a reading teacher in the District. McCaffrey is also a long-standing paramedic and American Heart Association Instructor. 

Students learned Adult, Child and Infant CPR and AED skills, and how to care for people with sudden illnesses and injuries. They also received completion certificates for the ‘Stop The Bleed’ course.  

“The students worked hard to develop knowledge and skills that could save the life of a loved one.  Especially since, statistically, 70 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur at home. If performed immediately, CPR can double or triple the chance of survival from an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest,” McCaffrey said.

Students shared their desires to trade a week of summer vacation for additional time in the classroom.  

“I was glad I had this opportunity to learn and practice skills I can use someday as a rescuer with the fire department,” said GRB student Hayden Lockwood.

“I want to be a babysitter and this will help me to be better prepared,” said GRB student Semira Connelly.

Students were not the only ones thinking about the future. Marc Brown, Vice President for Human Resources at Oswego Health, shared his thoughts with the class. 

“We are always looking for future employees from the communities we serve. Oswego Health is willing to assist people interested in healthcare with connections to training and vocational guidance. We at Oswego Health enjoy our partnerships with the Fulton Early College High School and New Vision programs,” Brown noted.

The GRB Summer Institute is an opportunity for Fulton City School District students to engage in enrichment topics of interest. The Institute is taught by FCSD staff. Six weeks of sessions open to students included topics such as CPR and first aid, cooking, theater and tech support.

For individuals with an interest in learning CPR, contact the American Heart Association or visit their website at For those interested in ‘Stop The Bleed’ who would like to help the AHA meet its goal of training 200 million people, most courses can be completed in 90 minutes. Minutes count!  Someone who is severely bleeding can bleed to death in as little as 5 minutes.  Many of these deaths could be prevented by receiving immediate basic care. Learn more at