Studying to save lives  

Employees are learning lifesaving skills en masse.

Sgt. Young Lee and Patrolman Tom Aftanas began leading four-hour AED, CPR and first aid training sessions in October. Participating employees receive a two-year certification upon completion.

“The faster people can respond to emergencies, the better the chance of survival,” Lee said about the sessions’ significance.

Eight training days were scheduled in October, with morning and afternoon sessions at the Martin Building’s training room. Each session could accommodate 12 employees. Training is ongoing, with a goal of certifying every Belt employee.

The pandemic slowed training, so many employees are on the cusp of having their certifications lapse. Aftanas and Lee are both certified by the American Red Cross to teach others. 

“This training is critical,” Aftanas said. “It’s important to have the skills at work, but it’s also important that employees take home what they learn here.”