CPR LifeLinks

Celebrating Survivors: A Toolkit

This Toolkit shares ideas and stories from agencies around the country on how to celebrate both survivors of sudden cardiac arrest as well as the callers, telecommunicators and first responders involved.


Create a Tree of Life Mural

A Tree of Life is a great visual way to remind telecommunicators of the difference they make every time they walk into a PSAP. It can be used to celebrate any successful outcome, from cardiac arrest saves to newborn deliveries. Download a full color and black/white template to print or paint onto a wall, as well as the artwork file for professional printing.


Download Artwork File

ZIP File (384kb)

Host a Celebratory Event

An event uniting the caller, telecommunicator and survivor is a powerful way to celebrate everyone’s efforts. Such events can also include the first responder on scene, the EMS crew who took over CPR activities and the hospital staff who continued care after transport. The Toolkit contains a sample email to send to the family of a survivor, seeking their interest in joining such an event.

Raise Community Awareness Through Media

Every person involved in a sudden cardiac arrest emergency plays a significant role. It’s a story that should be celebrated to inspire others and unite the community. Engage local media to help bring awareness to the ways public safety and the community work and celebrate successes. Download a customizable press release template that can be used to share a save story with media.

Download Press Release

Doc File (16kb)

Recognize Life-Saving Personnel

Agencies celebrate the important work of their personnel in a variety of ways, from creating “Lifesaving” pins and sharing save stories in an email to colleagues, to hosting banquets with family members or presenting certificates of appreciation. Download a customizable certificate of appreciation to present to a telecommunicator after saving a life or making a difference.

Download Certificate of Appreciation

Doc File (530kb)