First CPR Classes Of February Offered At Red Cross

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- They are skills that can save a life, and the Red Cross is giving Topekans the chance to learn them.

CPR, AED and First Aid are being offered in the month of February at Red Cross of Topeka on 17th Street.

An instructor taught the the first class of the month how to administer CPR on a dummy, the proper way to perform chest compressions and give air. These techniques are used on people who are choking, can't breathe or in any emergency.

Every year more than 5 million people learn how to save a life through American Red Cross training.

People went for various reasons, to be re-certified, for babysitting purposes. But the skills they learned are useful for everyone.

Karla Estes is a retired nurse and is now volunteering in a field in which she needs to be CPR certified. "I think it's very important no matter what you're doing, whether it's in the home or in the work place," she said. "It can be the difference between if they see tomorrow."

Amber and Sierra Leonetti came to the class as mother and daughter. "Sierra has recently started watching her baby brother who will be one next month and so we just felt like it was really important for both of us," Amber said.

"If I didn't know and something happened I would feel really guilty," Sierra said.

More classes are held February 7, and February 23 for professionals from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Call (785) 234-0568 to sign up for classes.