Marietta boys' story inspires CPR lessons across Georgia
by Bridgette Bonner
March 13, 2013 11:56 PM | 2657 views | 1 1 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Rocky Hurt, 9, Susanna Rohn, Isaiah, 11 weeks, and Ethan Wilson, 10, recently rehashed the details of the boys helping Rohn revive her baby after he stopped breathing.<br>Staff/Bridgette Bonner
Rocky Hurt, 9, Susanna Rohn, Isaiah, 11 weeks, and Ethan Wilson, 10, recently rehashed the details of the boys helping Rohn revive her baby after he stopped breathing.
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High school students across the state may soon learn how to save a life.

The American Heart Association and American Red Cross have teamed up with the state Legislature to add CPR classes to every school with ninth through 12th grades.

Third- and fourth-grade students Rocky Hurt and Ethan Wilson, both of Marietta, coached their neighbor through CPR steps last week to help save an 11-week-old baby who stopped breathing.

“That incident is a great example of what we’re trying to do,” said American Heart Association Governmental Relations executive Chastity Mitchell. “Provide the basic knowledge to be able to react the way the boys did and save lives.”

Senate Bill 212 passed through the full Senate last week and the House Education Committee on Wednesday. It will hit the House floor later this week, according to American Heart Association representative Darrya Lipscomb.

Georgia would be the seventh state to adopt the requirements.

The schools would be required to teach students, through either physical education or health classes, how to resuscitate someone and use a defibrillator. The American Heart Association and American Red Cross would develop the lessons, Lipscomb said.

“What’s great about the Georgia Legislature is there’s already time set aside for health and physical education classes, and the law dedicates those classes for the CPR training,” Mitchell said.

Because the proposed classes don’t result in certifications, it wouldn’t be any additional cost for the schools or taxpayers, Mitchell said. The goal is to create community partnerships with local firefighters and EMTs for hands-on training.
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March 14, 2013
Super proud of these 2 little guys who helped the baby. I'm afraid I may have missed the part where they learned how to do the procedure. Did they learn it from their parents? At school? From TV? So glad there was a happy ending to this scary story.
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