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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – In an effort toward getting 25,000 people in Johnson County trained in CPR this year, a unique kind of flash mob broke out in an area mall.

Around 2 p.m. on Sunday, personnel from the Overland Park Fire, Johnson County MED-ACT, Johnson County Community College and Overland Park Regional Hospital performed a spontaneous CPR training session in the middle of Oak Park Mall.

Bystanders at the mall were encouraged to learn CPR by participating in the spontaneous training event, which kicked off the HeartSafe Challenge campaign aimed at teaching 25,000 people in Johnson County CPR.

In a news release issued Sunday, the Overland Park Fire Department said CPR can double someone’s chance of survival during cardiac arrest, if it is administered immediately. The campaingne is aimed at getting the word out about CPR and how important leaning hands-oly CPR can be in saving a life. The fire department said current rates for bystanders knowing CPR in our part of the country are only half the national average.