"Good first response and transport to an intervention facility equals an extremely good outcome," he said.
On Thursday, March 28, at a regularly scheduled Town Board Meeting, Colonie EMS and the American Heart Association will team up and put on an event highlighting the importance of CPR as well as garner support for a statewide bill that would mandate CPR training in all schools.
"It's important for everyone to have CPR training," Barry said. "That's why we're starting it in high school."
The event will take place before Student Government Day, where students shadow town officials, at the Public Safety Building.
Johnson said he is very grateful for all of those who helped save his life. And even though he has booked plane tickets to Houston for the Empire Games in his age bracket, he won't be able to play. But doctors have said he will soon be able to play again.
"I don't know if I can convince them of how grateful I am," he said. "I don't know what to say. At least make them believe it's beyond expression.""