American Red Cross Instructors Teach Others to Save Lives

As a military veteran, service to others comes as second nature to John Guandolo. Besides serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, he supports numerous charitable organizations, such as the American Red Cross. As a CPR and first aid instructor, John Guandolo teaches others to save lives.

A CPR and first aid instructor teaches individuals, such as school staff healthcare workers and workplace responders, to perform chest compressions and operate an automated external defibrillator (AED), a machine used on victims of sudden heart attacks. Every year, the number of people who die from sudden heart attacks rises, and a percentage of those could be prevented if an AED was nearby, as well as an individual trained in using it properly.

Although those interested in becoming an instructor can choose one area to focus on, such as CPR and first aid, cross training in other courses, including swimming and water safety, is encouraged. Additionally, the American Red Cross provides opportunities to train in wilderness and remote first aid. After finishing their instructor training courses, individuals prepare to teach lifesaving techniques in a vast number of settings, whether it is co-workers, clients, people at community events, or family and friends.


Author: John Guandolo

John Guandolo, a counterterrorism consultant at Strategic Engagement Group, Inc., also contributes his time to the Centennial Institute as a Strategic Threats Consultant. The institute, part of Colorado Christian University, works to promote the public understanding of freedom, family, and faith issues. This is accomplished through research, policy analysis, and seminars and conferences with students, staff, faculty, and outside experts such as John Guandolo. He also co-authored Shariah: The Threat To America: An Exercise In Competitive Analysis (Report of Team B II). As Vice President of Strategic Planning and Execution at Strategic Engagement Group, John Guandolo assists law enforcement, government, military, and intelligent community leaders on how to prepare for and respond to terrorist threats. Prior to accepting a position with Strategic Engagement Group, he served the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a Subject Matter Expert. During his time in this role, he developed the agency's first training course on the threat of Muslim extremism and issues posed by the rise of Islamic law. John Guandolo joined the agency as a Special Agent, where he led SWAT team operations, participated in investigations, and served as an Advanced Capability Medic. His accolades include two Awards for Investigative Excellence, given by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, and the Defender of the Homeland Award, given by United States Senators John Kyl and Joe Lieberman. John Guandolo graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1989 and was a Company Commander during his senior year. He is a member of the Force Recon Association, a non-profit fraternal organization that promotes the fellowship of those who have served in military reconnaissance units. John Guandolo also holds membership in the Knights of Columbus, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, The American Legion, and the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, and the Order of St. Crispin. He enjoys hiking, competing in triathlons, and camping.

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