Lexington high school students teaches CPR to peers

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A student at Henry Clay High School is switching things up this week by teaching his peers a valuable life saving skill.

Will Freeman is a senior at Henry Clay. All this week, he along with officials with the Red Cross and American Heart Association, are teaching about 500 seniors how to perform hands-only CPR.

The students learn where to place their hands and to push down on the chest to the same rhythm as "staying alive." But there's a serious meaning behind learning this skill.

Red Cross officials say by doing CPR on someone who's in cardiac arrest, you can increase their chances of surviving. It's a scary thought, but it could happen to anyone and at any age, as Freeman found out first hand.

"One of my brother's friends, who was about 10 years old, had a heart attack at a birthday party and he was saved by CPR," says Will Freeman, a senior at Henry Clay High School. "I went and got certified myself. It meant a lot to me. Then, I decided to teach as many people as I can."

Freeman is also supporting a bill that would require all high school students in Kentucky to learn hands-only CPR before they graduate.

The bill recently passed in the House and will go to the Senate next.


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