Danielle Cortes DeVito, born 1974,[1] is an American paramedic, public speaker, safety and wellness consultant, and health activist who focuses primarily on CPR, emergency and heart related issues.[2][3] She is an NREMT paramedic, an American Heart Association's emergency cardiovascular care expert and CPR instructor,[4][5] and the founder of CPR in Chicago (formerly Heart Savers and Educators).[6]


Danielle was born in 1974. She is an alumna of Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School and Loyola University Medical Center; she majored in Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences.[1][2]

Danielle is married to Marco DeVito,[7] an AED consultant, paramedic and firefighter,[6] and they have two children.[4]


Danielle is a former Chicago Fire Department paramedic.[3][7] She also worked at Cook County Hospital, spending 15 years in the emergency medical field[2] before she found CPR in Chicago (formerly Heart Savers and Educators).[6] She has been an American Heart Association's stroke ambassador, emergency cardiovascular care expert, CPR instructor and paramedic since 1996.[4][7]

Danielle Cortes DeVito demonstrating CPR

Danielle demonstrating CPR at AHA's Hands-Only CPR Launch Event in NY

CPR in Chicago

Danielle and CPR in Chicago provide safety and wellness training for organizations and individuals.[6]

American Heart Association (AHA)

Danielle have been working with the American Heart Association (AHA) since 1996. She is AHA's Stroke Ambassador, emergency cardiovascular care expert and CPR instructor. She is one of AHA's emergency cardiovascular care expert instructors in the Go Red for Women campaign,[4] and their CPR instructor and paramedic in the Hands-Only CPR campaign.[5][8][9][10][11]

Danielle is featured in AHA's documentary video on the 50th Anniversary of CPR.[12]


State of Illinois' "Heartsaver Hero" 2007

Danielle was one of the 35 citizens of Illinois who were honored as Heartsaver Heroes in February 2007 for their efforts "to make life-saving Automated External Defibrillators as common as fire extinguishers in Illinois". In a press release, the State of Illinois said that "as president of Heart Savers & Educators Inc., an American heart association training center, Danielle Cortes placed an AED in the First Congregational Church of LaGrange last year".[13]

Her husband, Marco DeVito was one of the honorees.

Chicago Sky and Bank of America's "Woman of Inspiration" 2008

Danielle was the fourth woman to be honored by Chicago Sky and Bank of America as a Woman of Inspiration in July 2008 for her commitment—outside her 24 hours shift as Chicago Fire Department paramedic—to teaching "CPR and first aid in her community as well as volunteer as an American Heart Association Stroke Ambassador where she speaks and motivates African Americans on the campaign, "The Power to End Stroke".[7]

Mrs.Chicago 2009 & 2010

Danielle was named Mrs.Chicago 2009 and 2010 for her commitment to community health.[2] For this and her other achievements, she was later celebrated by Garrard McClendon LIVE on CLTV.[14]

American Heart Association's "Woman of Heart" 2011

Danielle was honored by American Heart Association's as a Woman of Heart at a Go Red for Women luncheon in February 2011.[15]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Danielle Cortes Devito. MyLife. Retrieved on June 09, 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Janice Youngwith (February 3, 2010). "Mrs. Chicago educates women on heart health". Daily Herald (Arlington Heights). Retrieved June 09, 2012. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 About - Danielle Speaks!. Retrieved on June 09, 2012.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Meet the 2011 CPR Spokespeople: Emergency Cardiovascular Care Expert Instructors. American Heart Association. Retrieved on June 09, 2012.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Media Center: Experts. American Heart Association. Retrieved on June 09, 2012.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 About Us | CPR in Chicago. CPR in Chicago. Retrieved on June 09, 2012.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 "Chicago Sky and Bank of America Honor Women of Inspiration". OurSports Central. July 18, 2008. Retrieved June 09, 2012. 
  8. AHA Hands-Only CPR Launch Event Sizzle Reel. American Heart Association/Hands-Only CPR. June 5, 2012. Retrieved June 09, 2012. 
  9. Deena Centofanti (June 06, 2012). "'Stifler's mom' helping promote hands only CPR". Fox 2 Detroit. Retrieved June 09, 2012. 
  10. Maria Masters (June 6, 2012). "The New Rules of CPR". Family Circle. Retrieved June 09, 2012. 
  11. Pedro F. Frisneda/EDLP (June 06, 2012). "Neoyorquinos aprenden a salvar vidas". ImpreMedia. Retrieved June 09, 2012. 
  12. American Heart Association - 50th Anniversary. American Heart Association/AMS Pictures. February 10, 2011. Retrieved June 09, 2012. 
  13. "Saving a heart is as easy as checking the Heartsaver AED box on your income tax return!". State of Illinois. February 14, 2007. Retrieved June 09, 2012. 
  14. Danielle Cortes DeVito on Garrard McClendon LIVE. Garrard McClendon LIVE on CLTV. April 12, 2010. Retrieved June 09, 2012. 
  15. Elizabeth Hamel (February 28, 2011). Hooray for Hollywood here!. Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved on June 09, 2012.

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