FAC's Carla Caslin a shocking hero

From: Arizona Daily Sun

On March 25, a man collapsed while playing racquetball at the Flagstaff Athletic Club East.

Two employees, Carla Caslin, the general manager of the club, and Aaron Sikorski, responded with an automated external defibrillator and CPR to save his life while emergency responders raced to the scene.

On Tuesday, Caslin was presented with a citizen heroism award for lifesaving from the Flagstaff Fire Department and city of Flagstaff

Though happy with the recognition, Caslin says she was doing what any professional would do.

“I did what I felt was right: I knew CPR and had AED training,” Caslin said. “It was just something that I knew needed to happen, so I just did it. I feel flattered to be recognized and to receive that award, but I was just doing what I felt was right”

Diligent training in the use of AEDs and CPR contributed to the happy outcome for the man, a husband and father. Training in CPR and the use of AEDs, Caslin says, is a lifesaving skill to know.

“I would just love for there to be a greater community awareness that CPR and AED really do save lives,” Caslin said. “And to take the three-hour or the four-hour class to become certified can definitely save someone’s life and is worth the few hours out of your month.”

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