These coaches are more prepared for an on field emergency with up-to date CPR certification: Dave Vergo, Ricky Soto, Rick Endres, Hayden Warren, Eddie Webb, JimGates and Randy Hamilton (not in order ofappearance). SUBMITTED PHOTO
The volunteer coaches of the Optimist Club of Marco Island take their dedication to our children seriously. Their goal is to bring quality sports programming to the children of the area, but their safety is of utmost importance, too. With that in mind, a number of coaches recently gave up a Saturday morning to take a free CPR course offered at the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department. Topics covered in the course were adult CPR, child/infant CPR, Heimlich maneuver and use of an Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs). The certification courses are free of charge thanks to the Marco Island Rescue Foundation. Each participant receives a keychain mouth guard and their two year certification card. Courses are offered throughout the year. For more information call Mary Husted at 239-389-5040.