Tribune Staff Report
Juan C. Amaro Sr. of Pleasantville, N.J., was a former Philadelphia policeman.
Amaro died Friday, Jan. 11, 2013. He was 71.
He was born Oct. 21, 1940, to the late Marta and Nilo Amaro in Culebra, Puerto Rico.
He attended schools in Puerto Rico and Philadelphia before enlisting in the U.S. Army where he served in the Vietnam War.
After his time in the military, he became a Philadelphia policeman and earned the certification of expert polygraphist. He relocated to New Jersey many years ago and worked as a security officer at Harrah’s and also the Claridge Hotel-Casinos.
Amaro also worked for the Atlantic City Board of Education, the Pleasantville Board of Education and the Pleasantville Zoning Board.
He was a former commander of the American Legion, Post 81 and also a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was a member of St. Gianna Berretta Roman Catholic Church of Northfield.
Amaro is survived by his wife, Maria, of Pleasantville; daughters, Alexandra Lozada of Pleasantville and Julie Rodriguez of Philadelphia; sons, Juan Jr. and Miguel Amaro (Priscilla) of Philadelphia and Inocencio Amaro (Anita) of Chester, Pa.; sister, Arcadia Seda of Philadelphia; brothers, Miguel Amaro (Carmen) of Caguas, P.R. and Inocencio Amaro (Jan) of Atlantic City; 11 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and other relatives and friends.
Services were held Jan. 14 at Mikals Funeral Parlor at 1033 Baltic Ave. in Atlantic City, N.J.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health has launched a new campaign designed to teach the general public about sudden cardiac arrest and train 250,000 people in Pennsylvania in hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
The “Lend a Hand, Save a Life” campaign is joint collaboration between the American Heart Association (AHA), Department of Health’s Bureau of Emergency Services (EMS) and the Pennsylvania HeartRescue Project.
“Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death among Americans, with 80 percent of events occurring in the home,” Acting Secretary of Health Michael Wolf said.
“It’s our hope that this program will successfully educate Pennsylvanians on how to respond because CPR conducted by an immediate bystander in a cardiac event doubles or triples the patient’s chance of survival.”
The goal of the campaign is to encourage CPR trainers to collaborate with local schools, sports teams, colleges, businesses and community groups to host CPR training events and incorporate training into large-scale public events, such as five-minute, hands-only CPR demonstrations during halftime at a sports game or during a concert intermission.
CPR trainers can register events online at www.heart.org/lendahandsavealife to track the number of people trained and the date and location of the training. Numbers will be reflected on the website so the public can track progress, and prizes will be distributed at an awards ceremony at the close of the campaign to the top participating training groups.
The AHA has been recommending hands-only CPR for adults since 2008. Hands-only CPR has three easy steps: call 911, push hard and fast in the center of the chest, and use an automated external defibrillator (AED) if available. According to the health department, this type of CPR has been proven as effective as CPR with breaths in treating adult cardiac arrest victims.
“Improving survival from sudden cardiac arrest begins with making sure everyone knows how to immediately call 911 and start CPR,” said Kathryn DiPuppo Tucker, program director of the Pennsylvania HeartRescue Project, an organization that seeks to improve survival rates in Pennsylvania by 50 percent.
“This campaign is an exciting opportunity to empower individuals and communities, and ultimately save more lives.”
According to the AHA, nearly 400,000 Americans suffer cardiac arrest outside of a hospital every year and almost 90 percent of them die because they do not receive immediate CPR from someone on the scene.
“Very few victims of sudden cardiac arrest outside of a hospital setting survive, as survival rates drop 10 percent for every minute that passes following a cardiac arrest,” said Dr. Jeffrey Mandak, AHA Capital Region board member and cardiologist at Fulton County Medical Center and PinnacleHealth.
“EMS often cannot arrive onsite soon enough to save the victim. Increasing familiarity of CPR and the use of AEDs in the community can help to improve chances of survival.”
The “Lend a Hand, Save a Life” campaign will run through May 26, the end of National EMS Week.
The African American Museum in Philadelphia will mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day by offering free admission on Jan. 21.
The Citizens Bank Foundation donated $25,000 which allows the museum to offer free admission and cultural activities to more than 3,000 expected visitors that day.
“Dr. Martin Luther King dedicated his life to promoting justice and equality for all and this community day is an opportunity for people to celebrate his legacy,” said Daniel K. Fitzpatrick, president and CEO of Citizens Bank and RBS Citizens for Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
“Dr. King played an important role in shaping this country’s history and his messages of peace and hope still resonate today.”
During a press conference Friday morning at the museum, Fitzpatrick presented the grant on behalf of the Citizens Bank Foundation to M. Claire Lomax, chair of AAMP’s board of directors.
“Our celebration of Martin Luther King Day in partnership with Citizens Bank remains one of our most significant events,” said Lomax.
“The Citizens Bank Foundation’s generous support enables us to open our doors to the community and allow us to proudly showcase the museum. We are pleased to welcome new and returning visitors each year.”
Mayor Michael Nutter said the Citizens Bank-AAMP partnership has resulted in of the most important and educational events tied to the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Philadelphia.
“Thanks to the generosity of the Citizens Bank Foundation, the thousands of people who visit the museum on January 21 will be able to learn about a man whose thoughts and actions indelibly changed America for the better,” Nutter said.
As part of the museum’s Sharing the Heritage Day, visitors will enjoy a variety of family-friendly activities, including arts and crafts, historic reenactments, musical, dance and other cultural activities.
To encourage visits by families, the bank will offer the Citizens Bank Scavenger Hunt for Heritage, a fun and educational activity that will help children explore and experience the museum. More than 50 Citizens Bank volunteers will guide children through their list of clues to find specific artifacts.
Each child who brings a completed list to the Citizens Bank table in the museum will receive a copy of “Martin’s Big Words,” a picture book biography of the civil rights leader or a book on George Washington Carver titled “George Washington Carver: A Life of Devotion,” compliments of Citizens Bank. Scavenger hunt participants will also receive a special commemorative button courtesy of AAMP. Winners of the 2013 Sharing the Heritage Writing Contest will be honored with portions of the winning entry read during the day.
Located at 701 Arch Street, the museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 21.
For a list of special events and performances, visit www.aampmuseum.org or call (215) 574-0380.
Services will be held January 12 for Jean McCoy Curtis.
She died Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, after battling emphysema. She was 88.
She was born July 21, 1924, in Pittsburgh to William Clifton McCoy and Alma Sales McCoy. She attended Turner, Rogers and Dilworth Elementary schools. She graduated from Peabody High School in June 1942.
On Dec. 25, 1945, she married the late Tuskegee airman, William Johnston Curtis Jr. She and William settled in Philadelphia’s West Mt. Airy section in 1953 where they raised their two sons. He died in 1975.
Curtis’ hobbies included swimming, sewing, bridge, reading, crossword puzzles, frequent trips to the horse races and casinos, and summer vacations to Oaks Buffs, Nassau and California.
Her social clubs included membership in the Pivots, Club Notes and the Jades where she enjoyed lifelong friendships.
“Jean was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who always unselfishly placed her family and close friends before herself. She will be forever remembered by the many hearts she touched,” her family said.
She is survived by her sons, Billy Curtis and Gary Curtis; and grandchildren, Kyle, Kali, Chad and Cody.
Graveside services will be held January 12. Procession will begin at Emanuel Johnson Funeral Home, 6653 Chew Avenue at 10:30 a.m.
Betty J. Reese Johnson was a day care provider.
Johnson died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013. She was 74.
Johnson was born July 2, 1938, to the late Horace Sr. and Maude Reese.
She attended Simon Gratz High School where she graduated in 1956. At an early age, she joined Gospel Light Holy Tabernacle Church where she served on the youth choir.
She married Benjamin “Benny” Johnson on Sept. 5, 1964. The couple had one son.
Johnson was employed at Somerset Knitting Mills for 15 years. Prior to her death, she was employed at Simons Recreation Center as a day care provider.
She enjoyed family gatherings and spending time with her family and friends. Her family said she was known for cooking fabulous meals.
“Betty was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her granddaughters and great-grandson were the apples of her eye,” her family said.
Johnson was preceded in death by her sister, Suzanne and niece, Denise.
She is survived by her son, Barry; daughter-in-law, Nicole; granddaughters, Breanna Capri and Barri Alexis; great-grandson, Jadyn Michael; brothers, Horace Jr. and Gregory; sisters-in-law, Joyce, Ethel and Phyllis; brother-in-law, Bobby; aunts, Minnie Thomas (Luvern) Doris Bair (Herbert) and goddaughters, Gia Ford and Rosalyn Gordon.
Services will be held January 12 at Oxford Presbyterian Church, 8501 Stenton Avenue. Viewing is at 9 a.m. Services will follow at 10 a.m. Burial is in Chelten Hills Cemetery.