Daughter saves mom’s life with CPR, hopes to inspire others to go through lifesaving training

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OKLAHOMA CITY - A daughter saved her mom’s life with CPR.

It was a skill she learned less than a month before the terrifying scare, training held for staff at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, as crews geared up for the Memorial Marathon.

On Thursday, the Oklahoma City Fire Department recognized all people involved and hope this inspires others to learn the lifesaving tool.

"That quick, and I was down," said Mary Long.

On May 10th, the unimaginable happened.

Mary had a heart attack on her porch, her daughter, Lauren Long, and a friend close by.

"It was a traumatic experience to see your mother not breathing," Lauren said.

Lauren said everything happened so fast.

"I was with my friend, Tory, and she was like 'Should we start CPR?' and I said 'Yes,' and we started it within about 30 seconds after cardiac arrest," Lauren said.

She had learned the technique just weeks before.

A training session led by OKCFD for staff and volunteers with the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, as they geared up for the Memorial Marathon.

"Something you went through for 10 minutes actually saved a life," Lauren said.

"Put your shoulders above your wrists. You're going to go straight down about two inches and all the way back up and keep repeating straight down, straight up," said OKCFD Lieutenant Jimmie Travis.

You want to shoot for 100 compressions per minute, so a tip for you is to compress to the beat of 'Staying Alive.'

"The only thing I remember is the song that we were taught to do the compressions to," Laurenn said.

Mary is still recovering today, living with a heart condition she continues to monitor.

She hopes her life flashing before her eyes inspires people to learn CPR, something so simple that saved her life and could save others.

"Please, don't pass up a chance to get the training. You just never know," Mary said.

There are CPR training courses all over the metro.

Some useful sites to check out are the American Red Cross and American Heart Association.

OKCFD offers free training on the first and third Saturday every month from 9 a.m. to noon at various fire stations.

To find out more, call OKCFD Training and ask for EMS at 405-297-1312.