A 14-year-old Cottage Grove boy, Jesse Galloway, has received the Citizen Life Saving Award for performing CPR on his father who went into cardiac arrest on May 11.
Galloway, who had only recently learned hands-only CPR at a church, saw that his father was unresponsive and immediately began chest compressions while his mother called 911.
“I’m so proud of you,” Mayor Myron Bailey said before presenting the award to Galloway on behalf of Cottage Grove Public Safety, Fire and City Council at the July 17 council meeting.
“This young man learned CPR in only 30 minutes,” said Rick Redenius, the city’s fire chief. “This is a perfect example of why everyone should know CPR.”
The Fire Department offers free hands-only CPR training at its annual open house event held during Fire Prevention Week in October.
Two counties launch BizRecycling project
The Ramsey/Washington County Resource Recovery Project has launched BizRecycling, a new program that provides resources and free assistance to east-metro businesses and agencies that want to learn more about recycling paper, bottles, cans, food and organic waste.
BizRecycling provides access to resources for schools, restaurants, health care businesses and others at a new website, LessTrash.com. The site shows how to save money by diverting recyclable material from the waste stream and highlights success stories. Tools and resources to get started are available on the site, as well as access to free consulting advice.
Businesses and institutions in Washington and Ramsey counties can sign up for a free 30-minute makeover from a recycling consultant by visiting “Get Started” on LessTrash.com or by calling 651-266-1199. The latest BizRecycling news is available on Twitter @BizRecyclingMN.
Attention drawn to breast-feeding
The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program in Washington County will celebrate World Breast-feeding Week Aug. 1-7.
It will give a breast-feeding support magnet to pregnant and breast-feeding moms, have coloring sheets for children, put up breast-feeding displays in WIC clinics and have a “Breast-feeding Wall of Honor” where moms can share their breast-feeding experiences.
“In Washington County, 80 percent of women who participate in WIC start off breast-feeding their babies, and WIC staff members are excited about supporting moms to help them reach their breast-feeding goals,” said Blair Haesly, Washington County WIC breast-feeding coordinator.
WIC provides individual counseling to pregnant and breast-feeding mothers and works with public health nurses to provide breast-feeding discussion groups for pregnant women.