Ron Koprek was lucky for both Caleb’s fast thinking and having neighbors who knew CPR nearby, but Caleb was left with an overwhelming sense of helplessness. Caleb’s incredible experience has motivated him to get involved in the "CPR in Schools" campaign and explore opportunities to get him and his fellow Ellington High School classmates trained in hands-only CPR. Caleb and his parents want his story to be shared in hopes it motivates those who set state education policy to bring CPR training to all of Connecticut’s High Schools.
On June 24, Ron Koprek’s heart stopped while taking an evening stroll with his wife, Susan. 16-year-old Caleb heard a cry for help. He immediately told his mom to call 911, and ran outside to find his neighbor not breathing. But Caleb didn't know CPR and felt helpless. Thankfully Caleb was able to find neighbors who did know CPR, and they were able to perform CPR until the ambulance arrived with an Automated External Device (AED) that restarted Ron’s heart.
Caleb was recently presented with the Heartsaver Hero award, along with his neighbors Brian Fantry and Ryan Cloukey, at the Ellington Volunteer Ambulance Corps facility. State Representative Christopher Davis also was in attendance to praise the heroic actions of Caleb, Brian and Ryan.