Woman pays it forward after near-death experience

Woman pays it forward after near-death experience

A Minnesota woman is paying it forward after a near-death experience on Lake Ripley.

Alicia Bravo was visiting her hometown of Cambridge when she suffered a heart attack while training for a triathlon in July. Her family was able to get her out of the water and administer CPR until EMS arrived and used a defibrillator to restore her heartbeat.

In an effort to give people the same lifesaving training, Bravo hosted “Pump and Pints” at a Minneapolis brewery in October. People learned CPR and AED training while having a drink.

“We thought about this idea of doing CPR and having fun and making it a place that wasn’t intimidating so people would want to come and learn,” Bravo said.

Bob Salov, the Cambridge EMS director who used the AED on Bravo, said she was one of the few cardiac arrest saves he’s had in his 35 year career.

“Seconds and minutes matter and often times if no one around the person having a cardiac episode is trained then it’s too late,” Salov said.

Salov said he was so happy to hear about “Pump and Pints,” and he believes the more people trained, the more lives saved.