A new bill inspired by three teens who saved a man from dying from a heart attack is making the rounds in Madison, and it has the full support of the American Heart Association.
Sen. Jerry Petrowski, R-Marathon and Rep. John Spiros, R-Marshfield, want CPR classes and certification taught in every public school across the state, a story from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reads. The reason, they say, the legislation is needed is because three boys – one of whom had CPR training – saved a man suffering from a heart attack.
“That was huge,” Spiros is quoted as saying last week while volunteers from the AHA talked up the bill to lawmakers. “To me, it’s such a simple thing. Anybody can learn it in a really short amount of time, and this is a great opportunity to educate our youth.”
As a firefighter and paramedic in the greater Racine area, Jason Caira has seen first hand how CPR can be the difference between life and death. He is member of the regional faculty working with the American Heart Association training centers in Southeast Wisconsin, and he said he supports the bill.
“Early access and early CPR are critical to outcomes in a sudden cardiac arrest,” he said. “Teaching CPR in schools provides students with the skills and confidence necessary to perform CPR, ultimately making our communities safer and empowering our youth to save lives.”
The AHA agrees.
“Immediate CPR from a bystander can double, even triple a victim’s chance of survival,” said Jack Simono, Chair of the American Heart Association’s Advocacy Committee in a written statement. “Our current survival rate is low, at around 11 percent. We can and must do better.”