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Letter: Many thanks for teaching life-saving skills
6/28/2012 1:03:00 PM
As principal of Cottonwood Middle School I want to thank the many community members who were in involved in bringing Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillation (ADE) training to all the seventh and eighth grades students on campus.
This was no small feat, as there were approximately 460 students to train! It was a community effort lead by Skip Heyer, Verde Valley Fire District, Dick Dobbins from the Verde Valley Fire District Board, paramedics from the Verde Valley Ambulance Company, eight members of the Cottonwood Fire Department and Carol Gibbs from the SHARE Program.
Seventh grade teacher Jayne Lee was the campus contact and instrumental in collaborating with all these community departments in order to bring this experience to our youth.
Students now know how to perform CPR using a barrier device and how to effectively use AED (Automated External Defibrillation).
There are three Automated External Defibrillation (ADE) devices are located on the Cottonwood Middle School campus. Prior to this opportunity students did not realize the purpose of the devices. As a result of this training opportunity they now know when and how using the ADE would be appropriate, and they will be able to recognize and treat life threatening emergencies until emergency agencies arrive.
All students who participated were awarded a CPR card for successfully completing the training.
A huge thank you to all involved in bringing this opportunity to our students.
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