CPR training at work saves son's life at home

Mikey Lloyd and son, Jesse.
Mikey Lloyd and son, Jesse.
March 24, 2015 -

Hood Suppression and Extinguisher Manager, Mikey Lloyd, never imagined he would use CPR after he took the CPR workshop in April 2013 at Delta Fire Systems.

On the night of the 2015 Super Bowl, Mikey and his wife, Stacy, arrived home with their infant son, Jesse. They placed him in his crib. Jesse, who had a cold, started to gasp for air. The Lloyds took swift action. Stacy called 911 as Mikey administered CPR. Jesse stopped breathing and shut his eyes.

"I think I stayed calm," Mikey said. "I thought back to the class and tried to perform CPR as best as I could remember."

While Mikey was not sure he remembered exactly what to do, he had retained details such as using two fingers instead of a hand for chest compression on an infant. Jesse revived.

"The paramedics told us I did a great job," he said. "If I wouldn't have gone through the class at work, I wouldn't have been able to do anything for him." The Lloyds were thankful the emergency response unit was in close proximity to their home in Herriman, Utah.

Jesse was rushed by ambulance to nearby Riverton Hospital where he was diagnosed with a respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection. Life Flight ground crew transferred Jesse to Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City where he stayed for one week. He arrived home just days before his first birthday.

"I greatly appreciate the company made CPR training possible. I never thought I'd have to use it, let alone on my family," Mikey said.

"If a person is trained and has the knowledge and skills when tragedy does strike, they can make the right decisions and respond in a way that may save a life," said Dennis Orgill, Delta Fire Systems corporate safety manager. The CPR First Aid class is offered at the company at least three times a year and taught by trainers certified through the National Safety Council. "We like to have at least one person on a job site that is CPR trained. We are committed to training all foremen and open our classes to other employees."

"Many of the skills learned through safety training at work can be applied in our daily lives at home or during other non-work related activities," said Steve Cronkhite, APi Group Inc. safety director. "In this situation, Mikey was able to utilize those skills to help save his son's life. We encourage employees who would like to receive CPR training to contact a safety professional at their company."

For more information on CPR training, please visit the American Heart Association.

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