I was in tenth grade, visiting my best high school friend. We suddenly noticed that people were talking loudly outside his house. We went out and saw that a group of neighbors was standing around a man who had fallen down and was lying on the sidewalk. The man lay still. He looked ashen. The people were standing around looking at the man, not knowing what to do. My friend and I joined the group. Nobody touched the man. After about five minutes an ambulance arrived and members of the town’s first aid squad began to minister to him. Then they put him onto a rolling gurney, loaded him into the ambulance, and drove him away. I later learned that the man had died of cardiac arrest.
That image has never quite left me. At the time, I hadn’t even heard of CPR. But over the years I have wondered whether one of us could have taken action to help the man. Who knows? If someone there had known CPR, perhaps we could have saved his life.
Over the years since then, I have made inquiries to find out how I could learn CPR. I have found classes, but never quite gotten around to taking any of them. There were always excuses. The classes were held in the evening. They required a commitment to enroll for a series of classes. Much to my personal discredit, I never signed up.
Well, I don’t have any excuses now, because StraighterLine is offering a First Aid/CPR course online. That’s right – online. I can sign up, take the classes in and around my busy schedule, and learn a skill that I should have learned years ago. If that class interests you, you can even earn college college credit for it.
So my excuses are gone, and I’m signing up. How about you?
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