- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 12, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A national medical group is honoring a Missouri lawmaker for using CPR on a woman at the state Capitol.

The American Heart Association presented Rep. Ron Hicks with a Heartsaver award on Wednesday.

Hicks, a Republican from St. Peters, was in the Capitol rotunda last month when a woman began having a seizure. He began performing CPR and called 911 when the woman lost consciousness. She was later taken to a hospital and released.

February marks “American Heart Month” to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease. The heart association says over 80 million Americans are affected by cardiovascular disease every year.

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