Teachers Receive Heart Hero Award

teachers receiving their awards

The American Heart Association recognized Worcester teachers, Jeffrey Lane and Judy Millott with a Heart Hero Award at the annual Central MA Heart Walk on May 6th.

Lane, who is the Department Head for Physical Education and Health at Worcester Technical High School, is being honored for his efforts to train all high school students at Worcester Technical in CPR. Millott, who is an Allied Health Instructor at Worcester Technical High School, is being honored for her efforts to train all high school students at Worcester Technical in CPR.

Lane and his colleague, Judy Millott, who is also receiving a Heart Hero Award, started the CPR certification program in the Allied Health division of Worcester Technical in 2013, but opened the program up to all students in 2014.

The "CPR Marathon" course, which includes four separate three-hour certification classes, also includes the participation of faculty and staff, and local youth athletic coaches through a partnership with the local Youth Heart Health group.

"We have made it our goal to train our high school students in both their Sophomore and Senior years so that each student can graduate with at least two years of training and a current CPR certification upon graduation," explained Lane. "We feel strongly that giving this life-saving tool to our students will empower them to feel more equipped to help others in an emergency situation."

Upon completion of the course, students receive a two-year certification in CPR and basic life support from the American Heart Association.

"CPR, especially if performed in the first few minutes of cardiac arrest, can double or triple a person’s chance of survival. More people trained in CPR in a community means higher survival rates for everyone in that community," said Blair Young, Senior Director of the American Heart Association. "The program that Jeff and Judy lead at Worcester Technical High School will help save more lives in the Worcester Community and beyond."