Sudden cardiac arrest kills 300,000 people annually so the New Mexico Heart Institute and KOAT TV are sponsoring Project HeartStart at the University of New Mexico south gym in Johnson Center on Saturday, June 22. The free sessions will teach members of the community CPR compression techniques, how to use an automated external defibrillator and how to save a choking victim.  The sessions begin at 8 a.m., 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.

Everyone 12 and older is welcome to participate. This is not a certification course.

Special thanks to St. Jude Foundation, UNM, AMR, ABQ Ride, Wal-Mart, Clear Channel Outdoor, PHI, Manuel Lujan Agency, Range Cafe, Starbucks, Laerdal, Enerspect, Philips, Biosense Webster, Gama, Albuquerque Fire Department, CNM, Pima, Albuquerque & Rio Rancho CERT, City of Rio Rancho, DMAT, NM Guard, Albuquerque Journal and Wells Fargo.