Farmingdale State College hosted its inaugural “Healthy Heart Day” Wednesday on the second anniversary of the loss of one of its own.
Dominic Murray was seven weeks into his freshman year when he went into sudden cardiac arrest during a pickup basketball game at the school. Despite administering CPR and using an automatic external defibrillator (AED), university police and emergency responders were unable to resuscitate the 17-year-old.
Murray’s mother, Melinda, subsequently founded the Dominic A. Murray 21 Memorial Foundation, a Queens-based non-profit dedicated to raising the awareness of sudden cardiac arrest. The foundation also provides free certification in CPR and automatic defribillation.
Murray, 42, said those are great skills to have, but the first step to dealing with sudden cardiac arrest is prevention. So she partnered with the school to offer free heart health screenings by a team from St. Francis Hospital in Flower Hill, and Murray provided training in hands-only CPR.
“I knew that there’s information that should be drilled into others and I wanted to share that,” Murray said.