Press Release

Chaparral Energy

Chaparral, American Heart Association Donate CPR Kit

Originally published by the Hennessey Clipper, Austin Smith on December 20, 2018

Last Tuesday, Hennessey’s Public Schools were the beneficiaries of an American Heart Association CPR Training Kit that was donated to the schools by Chaparral Energy. Since the 2015-2016 school year, following the Dustin Rhodes and Lindsay Steed CPR Training Act being signed, Oklahoma schools have been required to train high school students in cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) prior to graduation.

“Our theme this year is creating a generation of life savers,” said Connie Christian of the American Heart Association. “That is due to the fact that in Oklahoma, if you have a cardiac arrest outside of a hospital, you have a nine percent chance of survival. That is very low.”

In comparison, Seattle who started training their high school seniors 13 years ago is the highest percentage in the country at 63 percent. Because of that, Chaparral Energy along with American Red Cross teamed up to pick from a list of schools in need of the kit, and Hennessey was chosen as the beneficiary

“In August, Dr. (Mike) Woods sent Ryan McKee and I to Red Cross Instructor Training,” said Hennessey School Nurse, Shelley Muzny. “We are certified instructors, and we purchased manikins in addition to the gift we received last night. Years before the health department would come in and do the training, but now we are capable of doing it all on our own.”

There are ten manikins inside the kit, which gives the Hennessey the ability to teach up to 20 students at a time. The kit teaches them hands-only CPR, and will keep them from having to bring in any outside resources in order to train the students.

“They won’t need those outside resources like fire departments, Vo-Tech and things like for training,” said Christian. “This also allows anyone to be able to teach CPR.”

The kit was awarded between the girls and boys high school basketball game Tuesday against Crescent. Hennessey’s initial effort to have instructors trained is also another example of how much the school board values the health of not only their students, but also the community. This past football season was Hennessey’s first year in new concussion-resistant helmets the board purchased for every level of the program.