Gyms Step Up Safety After Policeman's Death

Curt Casper

OMAHA (KPTM) - Omaha Police Officer Torrey Gully passed awayafter collapsing Wednesday while working out at a gym. Police believe someoneat the gym tried to perform CPR on Gulley before medics got there.

Fox 42 spoke with gyms across Omaha. Many said all of theiremployees are trained in CPR and first aid to assist with the guests working out.Curves tells Fox 42 when they are training an individual they ask for theguests personal background; health issues, family history. They said thesequestions help them notice warning signs.

Anytime Fitness in the Old Market has taken extra safety steps.Guests are able to pick up a "beeper" device. When they are in an emergency,they can push the button and the police and fire department will be on thereway.

Personal trainer, Laura Bienetti, said, "Anything can happento anyone and it is just like what happened yesterday to one of our policeofficers. As healthy as you can be anything can happen and the heart can givein and you collapse."

Bienetti is required to take a CPR class every two years,but she tells Fox 42 refresher courses throughout the year is always helpful.

"(CPR) is a lifeline to life," she said.

Donations are being accepted for Torrey Gully's Family atthe Omaha Police Federal Credit Union. Gully leaves behind a wife and twochildren. He was on the force for nine years.