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Lawrence Car and Truck Dealers Save Lives

When do you see representation of practically every new car and truck dealer in Lawrence together in the same room? When Resusci Anne is involved that’s when.

Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s Education and Learning Services department received an enhancement for its CPR training classes with a donation of four Resusci Anne CPR units and accessories by representatives of the Lawrence New Car and Truck Dealers Association, in partnership with the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation.

Scott Dieker, LMH Community Education; Lawrence New Car and Truck Dealers participating in the presentation of the Resusci Anne CPR units to the LMH Education Department are (L to R):  Gary Bennett, Laird Noller Automotive; Will Thompson, Briggs Auto Group; Greg Maurer, Dale Willey Automotive; Randy Habiger, Crown Toyota of Lawrence; and Dale Willey, NADA Charitable Foundation Board of Directors and John Drees, LMH Community Education

Dale Willey, a member of the NADA Charitable Foundation Board of Directors, was instrumental in the application for the donation of four Resusci Anne CPR units to LMH on behalf of all of the Lawrence automobile dealers.  On hand to join him for the presentation to the coordinators of the LMH CPR training program were Gary Bennett, Laird Noller Automotive; Randy Habiger, Crown Toyota of Lawrence; Greg Maurer, Dale Willey Automotive; and Will Thompson, Briggs Auto Group.

At the presentation in the Atrium of the hospital, Willey stated, “We know that these training units will help save lives and give comfort and security to those trained.  Every trainee who receives a certificate for completing the CPR training course will have much to be proud of; each will possess the knowledge of what to do and how to do it correctly.  This knowledge is priceless.”

Janelle Martin, Education and Learning Services Director added, “LMH certifies approximately 800 people in basic and advanced CPR annually through its classes.  The additional training manikins will assist the staff in increasing its capacity by at least 200 people each year.”

Through its classes, Lawrence Memorial Hospital trains community members as well as health care and childcare providers.  Classes on CPR certification offered are:  AHA Family & Friends CPR, AHA Heartsaver CPR, AHA Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers, AHA Pediatric First Aid and Newborn Safety.  For more information on the classes, dates and times, go to and click on the Find a Class button.

“In cities across the country, thousands of citizens have been taught how to provide CPR on training units donated by new-car dealers.  The new car and truck dealers of Lawrence, Kansas, are proud to be part of this presentation,” said Dale Willey, “We wish you every success as you teach your fellow men and women new paths to this life-giving service.”

The NADA Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the National Automobile Dealers Association.  Since the NADA Foundation’s Medical Grants program began in 1975, more than 4,600 CPR training units with a value of about $3 million have been donated to organizations in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.  More than 2 million people have been trained on CPR units donated by new-car dealers.

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