Hearing You Made a Difference

Sep 21, 2020 | Special Concerns

Hearing You Made a Difference
By Alan Achatz

Many years ago, while I still was a club manager, an employee walked up to me and said “Thank you!”

I heard the emotion in his voice and as I looked at him he continued by saying he had saved his baby’s life the day before!

The heartfelt words penetrated my soul as he went on to say he didn’t want to go to the CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) class I mandated for the entire staff (“forced upon him” were his words).  He thought it would be a waste of time.  He said if he had not gone to the class, he would not have reacted the way he did nor would he have known what to do!  The infant CPR practice training allowed him to do what was essential.

The above few paragraphs don’t even begin to convey the emotion involved.

There are just certain tasks which always seem to be a low priority.  They are constantly put off until one finally says, “I gotta do this tomorrow!”  The reason I required the class was: I personally wanted to learn more about CPR.  This was back in the 1980s.  Did the entire staff feel the same way? Obviously not.  Only a few of us did the infant CPR session of the class, yet one person saved his baby!