Gabrielle Giffords Honorary Save-a-Life Training on Capitol Hill

Mar 14, 2011, 10:28 ET from American Red Cross

Members of Congress and staff to learn Red Cross First Aid and CPR skills

WASHINGTON, March 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being issued by American Red Cross:  



Gabrielle Giffords Honorary Save-a-Life training on Capitol Hill March 16th.  Inspired by the heroic actions that saved lives during the tragic shooting in Tucson, the American Red Cross will offer hands-only CPR and first aid training on Capitol Hill for Congresswoman Giffords' colleagues and their staffs.

The training on Capitol Hill will be the kick-off event for the Gabrielle Giffords Honorary Save-a-Life Saturday on March 19, 2011. On that Saturday, Red Cross will offer training for the public at more than 100 locations nationwide. The Congresswoman's office encourages Americans to take advantage of the training opportunities in their local communities.

The Red Cross training in first aid and hands-only CPR, on Capitol Hill March 16 and at more than 100 locations March 19, will be free of charge to the public, thanks to the support of Walgreens and Safeway. Event details and a map of training locations can be found at


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

One-hour training sessions will be held at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

A press briefing will be held at 10:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Media interview and b-roll opportunities are available from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and earlier than 9:00 a.m. if arranged in advance.


Members of Congress, their staff, members of the media, and anyone wishing to honor Congresswoman Giffords through their participation will be trained in first aid and hands-only CPR.

American Red Cross President and CEO, Gail McGovern will be available for comments at the 10:45 a.m. press briefing.

American Red Cross Health and Safety Expert Connie Harvey will be available throughout the day to give demonstrations and comments.


The two morning trainings and 10:45 a.m. press briefing will be at:

Cannon House Office Building, Room 340

Independence Avenue and First Street Southeast, Washington DC 20003

The training session at 3:00 p.m. will be held at: The U.S. Capitol, Room HC5

Media interview and b-roll opportunities are available from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Note that there will be a room move from Cannon Room 340 to the Capitol Building, Room HC5 between noon and 3:00 p.m.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at

SOURCE American Red Cross