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Advocate Spotlight: Maynard Konechne

by Pamela M. on Thursday, May 1, 2014

Maynard Konechne South Dakota

Maynard Konechne of Kimball, South Dakota, has served his community and the state of South Dakota as an emergency medical technician for 40 years. Maynard’s interest in the American Heart Association goes hand in hand with the work and services that emergency personnel provide in pre-hospital emergency care.

As a pre-hospital care provider in rural South Dakota, he recognized early on how important the AHA’s virtues and values are in giving his patients the best chance of survival. With newer technologies and other advancements, the AHA continues to move forward to promote CPR in pre-hospital care situations.  This year, the AHA advanced a bill through our state legislature asking the schools to begin teaching hands only CPR to students in all high schools in South Dakota. Passage of this bill will give high school students in our state the knowledge and training needed in order to assist someone who suddenly has the signs and symptoms of a heart attack. Maynard helped moved the legislation forward by testifying in favor of the bill, and talking to legislators about the bill throughout the legislative session.

“AHA and EMS personnel have many of the same goals. We are here to provide medical care, provide better quality of life, and, most importantly, to save lives,” shares Maynard.  “The main reason I believe in assisting the AHA is that working together strengthens both organizations, and we can help each other continue to provide quality pre-hospital care to all of our patients in South Dakota.”

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