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For Immediate Release:

Monday, May 1, 2006

In-House Training Helps Goodyear

Employee Save Fellow Employee



(GOODYEAR, AZ) On April 26, 2006, City of Goodyear employee Scott Furman, Maintenance Mechanic II, saved the life of his fellow city employee Cindy Rogers, Utility Techncian II, during a training class at the 157th Avenue Water Reclamation Facility. Both employees work in the Water Resources Department.


Rogers choked on a piece of food during lunch and could not breathe. Furman sprang into action and performed the Heimlich maneuver on Rogers, clearing her airway and allowing her to breathe once again. 


Furman had received training in the Heimlich maneuver and CPR just six months before during the City of Goodyear’s New Employee Orientation (NEO) class.


“I am extremely grateful to Scott for his quick actions. I’m sure glad he remembered what he had been taught in NEO,” stated an appreciative Cindy Rogers.


All Goodyear employees who are new to the organization are required to go through an extensive, six-day orientation during which CPR and other lifesaving techniques are taught. Also included in the course are learning the goals and expectations of the organization, taking tours of the City and its many public facilities, and receiving presentations on every city department.


“I am very proud of Scott Furman,” said City Manager Stephen Cleveland.  “If it saves just one life, the training we are doing in the NEO sessions is worth every bit of time we spend each month preparing employees to assist citizens in case of emergencies.  It sets us apart as an employer.”                                      



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