Students and school officials pose with members of the Landin Family when receiving the donated CPR in Schools Kit.
Students and school officials pose with members of the Landin Family when receiving the donated CPR in Schools Kit. (photo submitted)

FORT JENNINGS — On Friday, November 22, John and Melinda Landin presented a CPR in Schools Kit to Fort Jennings High School in memory of their son, Marcus.

In June, the Landin Family held the 2nd annual memorial benefit in honor of 19-year-old Marcus Landin, who passed away on Christmas Day, 2017 from Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. From the money raised at this year’s benefit, the Landin family donated $10,000 to the American Heart Association for research. Such a donation allowed the AHA to provide a CPR kit to the family to distribute to a high school of their choice. In 2018 the Landin Family donated kits to both Ottoville High School and Marcus’ alma mater, Kalida High School.

In the Fall of 2016 Ohio House Bill 113 was passed making it mandatory for all Ohio High School graduates, starting with the Class of 2021, to have exposure and psychomotor skills practice in Hands-Only CPR and education in operating an AED. “What an amazing, selfless way to honor and remember their loved one. Marcus will live on in the graduates who will enter adulthood ready and confident to help save a life if called upon to do so,” said Kerri Rose-Rochelle, American Heart Association Community and Development Director.

According to Rose-Rochelle, the self-contained kits have everything needed to adequately instruct a group of up to 20 students at a time on the Hands-Only CPR technique.