Rockford Teachers Get CPR Training
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Teachers in northern Illinois are receiving potentially lifesaving training they'll pass on to students.
The Rockford Register Star reports middle- and high-school teachers are learning what to do when someone goes into cardiac arrest. That includes CPR. How to use defibrillator equipment is also taught.
Teachers will then teach their students. Illinois law requires such training for secondary school students. That law was adopted after 17-year-old Lauren Laman of St. Charles died in 2008 from cardiac arrest at school.
Rockford School District sixth-graders will get introductory training. Older students will get more advanced training.
The SwedishAmerican Foundation has granted tens of thousands of dollars to help pay for training. A SwedishAmerican manager, Tom Pratt, says the more people who are trained, "the more lifesavers" in the community.