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Superior Fire Department Teaches Middle Schoolers Life Saving CPR

Updated: February 13, 2020 08:55 PM

Over 300 7th graders received lifesaving CPR, AED, and first-aid training at Superior Middle School Wednesday.

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The training was provided in students' health classes by the Superior Fire Department as part of a high school graduation requirement.

This is the fourth year the fire department has worked with 7th graders.

“We’re up over 1200 students that we’ve taught so if we think about that from a community stand point, that there’s 1200 young adults walking through our community right now that know how to potentially save somebody’s life—that’s impactful,” Chief Scott Gordon said.

The training is funded by Endbridge Energy.

“We have yet to quantify it. We have not found one of our students who has done by stander CPR, but it’s only a matter of time. It will happen. We know people are going to have heart attacks. That’s a tragedy, but if we can have early on set CPR—people call 911, know where their AED’s are that are local, we have a better chance at saving somebody’s life and that’s what we are here to do. We’re here to pass this message on to young adults,” Gordon said.

In 2017, the Superior Fire Department received the Wisconsin Pediatric Champion of the Year award for the program and the training day. They hope to extend it to more students in the future.

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