Bystanders Save Lives in Neighboring California Cities

In two Sonoma County, Calif. cities just 40 minutes apart, the quick-thinking actions of bystanders helped save two lives in a span of less than three months.

Three friends — Mason Matulaitis, Toby Ford-Monroe and Nate Jordan — jumped to their friend Mikey Serbicki’s aid when he collapsed while the four were playing two-on-two basketball in their home city of Sonoma in June. When Toby called 911, the dispatcher said Mikey was likely in cardiac arrest. Mason immediately began applying chest compressions, a skill he’d learned in gym class. Nate spotted a recently installed AED and, despite his nervousness about the device, used it to deliver lifesaving shocks to Mikey’s heart. Read more about Nate overcoming his hesitation to use the AED and Mikey’s full recovery in the Sonoma Index-Tribune >>

Nearly two months to the day in neighboring Santa Rosa, Calif., Mark Hays collapsed while playing indoor soccer. Meredith Freed, an intensive care nurse, was playing nearby when she heard commotion. She, along with a second medical professional, quickly assessed the situation and began delivering CPR while a third player, also a nurse, searched for an AED. After the AED administered a shock and compressions continued, Hays not only regained consciousness; he was able to walk around in the facility. Read more about what Jenny Ogston, manager of the Epicenter sports facility, called “the best possible outcome” in The Press Democrat >>

Do you have an inspiring sudden cardiac arrest save story that you’d like to share for consideration in an upcoming issue of Currents? Please email information to Katy Schamberger at

Meet the 2021 Class of 40 Under 40 Honorees! – Part 3

In this Q3 issue of Currents, we’re continuing our spotlight on the 2021 Class of 40 Under 40, first announced and recognized at the Cardiac Arrest Survival Summit.

This is a dynamic group of young leaders, professionals, advocates and survivors who share a common passion: working to improve SCA outcomes.

Introducing the 40 Under 40 honorees recognized this quarter:

  • Michael Herbert, B.S., NRP
  • Thomas Jenkins, Fire Chief, City of Rogers FD
  • Aaron Johnson, Advocate, Dynamic Cardio Care, Arizona Cardiac Arrest Survivors
  • Bethany Keime, Founder and CEO, HeartCharged
  • Hannah Keime, Founder and Creative Director, HeartCharged
  • Kacey Kronenfeld, MD, FAEMS, Director of Prehospital Services, Madison Emergency Physicians, Wisconsin Regional EMS Director
  • Melissa Lederer, Heart & Vascular Quality & Accreditation Manager, MBA, BSN, RN
  • Brian Leonard, Director of Sales, Cardio Partners
  • Emily Lewis, EMT; CPR, First Aid and Personal Safety Instructor
  • MIchael Mancera, MD, EMS Medical Director, University of Wisconsin

Visit our website to read more about these honorees and meet the rest of the 2021 Class of 40 Under 40. We’ll be back to introduce you to more winners in our final issue of the year!

Partner News: WorldPoint Introduces Tools to Expand CPR Training Inclusivity, Delivery

Data from the American Heart Association shows that not only are women less likely than men to receive bystander CPR when experiencing sudden cardiac arrest; people of color are also less likely to receive life-saving bystander intervention.

To help improve these troubling disparities, WorldPoint Inc. (a member of Citizen CPR Foundation’s Partner Council) recently unveiled two new training tools: CPR Taylor and Baby Tyler. With CPR Taylor’s 3-in-1 design, CPR instructors and students can easily change their manikins to practice CPR delivery on an adult male, adult female and child. CPR Taylor is also available in varying skin tones, a more inclusive reflection of our collective population.

“Cardiac arrest doesn’t discriminate, and neither should your CPR equipment,” says Maggie Hart, Director of Global Marketing, WorldPoint.

WorldPoint’s Baby Tyler, a realistic infant manikin, is also available in a diverse range of skin tones and includes fully movable limbs so that instructors can practice different and realistic CPR and choking scenarios with their students.

See Taylor in action on a recent episode of Good Morning America >>