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Rio Linda Youth to Appear in 2017 Rose Parade

When an Orchard Elementary classmate was pulled from a swimming pool unresponsive, Skylar Berry went right to work administering CPR. At just 11 years old, she continued chest compressions until paramedics arrived and saved a classmate’s life by administering CPR. She had learned hands-only CPR just three months earlier.

A week after the incident, she started a CPR Club at her school to teach others the life-saving skill.

Skylar is one of fifteen key life savers chosen by the American Heart Association to ride on the “Keep The Beat Alive” float by Union Bank and American Heart Association float in the 2017 Rose Parade in Pasadena on January 2nd.

On December 13th, students at Rio Linda High School honored the incoming freshman. In recognition of her inspiring story, Union Bank and the American Heart Association donated 30 CPR training kits and four mannequins to Rio Linda High School for training purposes.

“I hope I will inspire others to be that person that can help anyone.”



Photos via American Heart Association and Twin Rivers.

About the author

John Todd

Born and raised in Rio Linda, graduate of Rio Linda High School, and resident for most of the last 50 years. Committee Chair for the Rio Linda Elverta Visions Committee, announcer for the Rio Linda Little League Parade, Keeper of the Archway Lights, and outspoken advocate for the community.

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