Todd Baker took his first Emergency Medical Services (EMS) course at the age of 16, and launched a career that involved helping others in many ways, including responding to emergency calls for sudden cardiac arrest. Although his earliest involvement with the American Heart Association (AHA) was with the Go Red for Women campaign, he’s found that adding AHA advocacy work creates new dimension and novelty.
AHA recommends that students learn CPR by the time they graduate from school. Todd is excited about more people learning CPR, and is working with AHA advocates and staff to promote the need for CPR instruction as a high school graduation requirement. He says: “Ordinary people who know CPR are really the ones who save lives. They are the ones who can respond first on the scene of a sudden cardiac arrest, start chest compressions, and keep the heart pumping until EMS arrives.”
As a You’re the Cure advocate, Todd has helped prepare other advocates to speak to state legislators about requiring CPR instruction in schools, and has talked to legislators himself to provide the information they need to fully understand the need.
“I enjoy doing it. I admit, it was never my childhood dream to do advocacy, but I have a passion for EMS and I have found this is an important way to make what we do more effective for people. Letting legislators know we want CPR in schools will ultimately save more lives.”
Todd Baker has been saving lives since 1989, both in the field responding to emergencies as an EMT/Paramedic, and more indirectly as a CPR trainer. Now through You’re the Cure he’s working on a different way to save lives.