A Peoria fire department wants to teach CPR to 8,000 people over the next two years.

The Sudden cardiac arrest survival rate in Peoria is nearly double the national average at 13 percent. Local health officials are working together to further improve the bottom line. 

Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Caterpillar is celebrating the life saving teamwork of seven people who administered CPR when their colleague collapsed. 49-year-old Mark Whiting went into cardiac arrest about a month ago while speaking at an offsite work meeting. Seven of his colleagues responded.

Travelers passing through five U.S. airports will have a chance to learn and practice a simplified method of CPR at kiosks outfitted with touch-screens, video programs and practice mannequins.  The kiosks are provided by the American Heart Association and the Anthem Foundation.

3-year-old Peoria boy drowned in the Illinois River

Jul 20, 2015

  Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll says an autopsy has determined a 3-year-old boy drowned in the Illinois River.  The body of Ravante L. Ward was found Friday in the river in Peoria. Ingersoll says the boy was one of eight children brought from a daycare center to a riverside recreation center for a day trip.  Ingersoll says the investigation into the child's death is continuing, and a coroner's inquest will be scheduled.

Denise Molina-Weiger / Peoria Public Radio

A new statewide initiative aims to improve cardiac arrest outcomes among emergency response providers and hospitals. Peoria area fire department staff, 911 dispatchers and other rescue squad personnel Monday participated in a Resuscitation Academy Workshop.

CPR, AED training mandated in Illinois high schools

Jun 5, 2014

High school students across the state will be trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillators this fall.