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Eagle Scout Teaches 8th Graders Life-Saving Skills

Thanks to Anthony Rios’ hard work and dedication, 60 confirmands at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic School, Crystal Lake, IL, have the skills and knowledge to save a person’s life.

Anthony, 16, recently led a “Future Life Savers” AED and CPR training session at the school to fulfill his Eagle Scout Service Project requirement.

“I chose this project because I wanted to do something more than just building a bench and I wanted to truly impact the life or lives of another person,” Anthony said. “I saw a good way to do that was to play a part in spreading knowledge and skills that could save a person’s life in the future.”

Anthony’s preparation work for the project included writing a proposal plan, which took a couple of months to process and get approved.  “I connected with the right people and asked for their help with the project,” he said.  “I wouldn’t have had a project if it weren’t for all of the people who helped me out.”


Anthony (second from right) completed his Eagle Scout project with the support from (left to right) Matt Campagnon, Matt McLellen, Paramedic Hayden Hooghkirk and Suzanne Martinez, coordinator of congregational outreach at Advocate Condell Medical Center and Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital.

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A joint project of Advocate Health Care & the OCEAN-HP at the University of Illinois at Chicago.