Henry Clay seniors learn CPR from classmate who's seeking legislation to require training

mmeehan1@herald-leader.comFebruary 27, 2014 

A Henry Clay senior is half-way through training his class of 500 how to perform Hands-Only CPR. Groups of 25 to 30 students have been taking the hour-long training this week.

In February, Senior Will Freeman announced his plans at a rally in Frankfort to support legislation that would require basic CPR awareness training in Kentucky high schools.

House Bill 205 is still working its way through the process.

Hands-Only cardiopulmonary resuscitation is a two-step technique that involves calling 911 and pushing hard and fast in the center of the chest until help arrives. The simplified method of CPR requires no mouth-to-mouth breathing and does not require certification, according to the American Heart Association news release.

Freeman was inspired to learn CPR and to train others when a young friend of his brother was saved by CPR at a birthday party, he said.

Mary Meehan: (859) 231-3261. Twitter: @bgmoms. Blog: BluegrassMoms.com.

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