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Rochester Students Learn CPR
Today at Rochester High School, the entire student body learned how their hands can save someone's life.
School nurses demonstrated the life-saving skills of CPR. It's a technique that anyone can master in just minutes: A two handed-thrust to the middle of the chest can jump-start a stopped heart.
According to the American Heart Association, only 8 percent of people who suffer a heart attack outside a hospital survive. But it doesn't have to be that way.
"Everybody knows what it is, and yet not many people feel that they know enough to adequately do it, when in reality it's really pretty simple," Alex Meixmer of the American Heart Association said. "If you see somebody drop to the ground and stop breathing, you want to call 911, and they you want to press hard and fast in the center of their chest. And just that can save a life."
Two Rochester students who saved a man's life after he collapsed from a heart attack on Labor Day are proof of what the technique can do. The students were recognized at the assembly and presented with certificates from the American Heart Association for their life saving efforts.