More than 400 attendees representing Triangle area construction industry companies and service providers united around a common cause – the health, safety and wellness of the community –at the Third Annual Hard Hats with Heart event on Thursday evening, September 6, 2018. Presented by Brasfield & Gorrie, Skanska, RMF Engineering and Builder Mutual, Hard Hats with Heart was held at PNC Arena in Raleigh.
Participants networked with industry peers while enjoying the opening game of the NFL season on the Jumbotron, heart-healthy game day food, a corn hole tournament and popular games like the Canes hockey shoot-out and free throw toss. John Forslund, play-by-play announcer for the Carolina Hurricanes, served as emcee for the evening.
Photo: Cornhole tournament champs for the second year in a row, Chris Gholson and Tyler Harris of Fire & Life Safety America.
The American Heart Association presented Heritage High School student Jaden Spivey with the Heartsaver Hero Award in honor of his quick action in a cardiac emergency that saved his father’s life. Derrick Spivey, Project Manager with Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, shared the story of how his life was saved by CPR. When Spivey suffered a heart attack at home, Spivey’s son Jaden, a middle-schooler, sprang into action. Just weeks before, Jaden had learned CPR during a training at Wakefield Middle School. They dialed 911 and Jaden began CPR on his father, ultimately saving his life.
Following the award Heartsaver Hero Award presentation, Brasfield & Gorrie and Skanska presented 12 CPR in Schools Training Kits to Cathy Moore, Superintendent of Wake County Schools. Donated by the AHA with support from Brasfield and Gorrie and Skanska, the kits will be distributed to area middle and high schools to train students in the core skills of CPR, choking relief and Automated External Defibrillator skills.
“These 12 kits will help train approximately 2,980 students per school year and prepare more people to save lives when faced with a cardiovascular emergency,” said Bob Myer, Skanska Senior Vice President. “Skanska and Brasfield Gorrie are proud to be just a small part of the effort to build a community full of lifesavers.”
Photo: CPR kit presentation – L o R: Scott Duckworth, Bob Myer, Heartsaver Hero awardee Jaden Spivey, Angela Spivey, Derrick Spivey of Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, Cathy Moore, Superintendent of Wake County Schools.
To find out how to learn CPR, visit HandsOnlyCPR.org.
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About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
PHOTO CREDIT: The Picture Guy Photography LLC for Hands-on CPR training photo and Cornhole Tournament Champions photo.