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All ages should learn CPR skills

To the Adirondack Journal:

As a member of the North Warren Emergency Squad in Chestertown, I have seen many lives lost because bystanders didn’t know CPR. I’ve also seen people given second chances at life because someone who knew CPR applied it quickly when sudden cardiac arrest struck.

CPR can double or triple the chances of survival for sudden cardiac arrest victims. The earlier it is started, the better the outcome can be for the patient.

The American Heart Association is working to pass a state law requiring every high school student to learn CPR. I am a firm believer that this should be part of the school curriculum. Look at the success rate of the 911 system. Children learn from an early age on how to do things. What better time to teach CPR than when our children are eager to learn?

I will be contacting my state legislator to ask for support of the CPR in Schools bill, and I ask you to do the same. For information on how to do this, or for information about this legislation, visit supportcprinschools.org.

Most sudden cardiac arrest happens outside the hospital — let’s make sure that we all know the lifesaving skill of CPR.

Laura Eklund

Chestertown

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