CPR training in middle school saves a life
By Lailani Upham
PABLO — It was 6 a.m. when Two Eagle River School ninth grader,
Michael Brown heard yelling coming from the other room. He thought he
was late for school.
Barely awake, he stumbled in the kitchen to find his 1-year-old
niece lying limp on the counter, with his sister at wits end - crying,
yelling for someone to call 911. Instinctively, Brown proceeded with
the infant CPR technique, a training he took two years ago in the
Within minutes the baby was breathing.
Brown said, his niece was immediately brought for medical attention and is doing well now.
at TERS receive first aid and CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation)
certification beginning in the seventh grade. The certification is good
for two years, according to TERS seventh grade teacher Al Bone.
Students at TERS are certified throughout middle and high school to
include after graduation.
Currently no other schools in the valley require CPR certification to middle or high school students, according to Bone.
resuscitation (CPR) is a lifesaving technique useful in many
emergencies, including heart attack or near drowning, where a person’s
breathing or heartbeat has stopped. CPR involves two elements: chest
compressions combined with mouth-to-mouth rescue breathing.
The class trainings are eight hours long and offered in the seventh, ninth and senior year, according to Bone.
According to TERS officials, a call came in the morning Brown
saved his niece’s life. Delsa Brown, Michael’s older sister called to
thank the person at TERS who taught Michael CPR, that it saved her
“I never thought I’d have to do CPR,” said
Brown. Brown admitted he was still half asleep but the immediate
reaction was the training he had, and it all came back to him.
Surprised and thankful, Brown said he was off to school, shortly after conducting CPR.
Bone, who was one of the first CPR trainers in the state of Montana
through the American Red Cross in 1974, says he believes everybody
needs to “think safety” and take the training.
It’s far better to do something than to do nothing at all, it could save someone’s life.
Kootenai College is offering two one-day training classes for the 2010
spring semester on Fridays, May 7 and 28 from 9 a.m. - 3:50 p.m.
Contact the college for further information at (406) 675-4800.