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Save a Life—Learn CPR

Learning CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, can help you save a life. 

It can also make you more employable, since many employers require this training. Summer camps in particular look for counselors with first aid and/or CPR certification. 

Many high schools offer training but if yours doesn’t, here is a list of books available at your local library to help you get started and a link to CPR and First Aid Classes listed on the in Marin County Emergency Medical Services Agency Website.  Check them out today and do something life changing over Winter or Spring Break.

And if you need further motivation, read an excerpt from this inspiring article about a 22 year old life guard who saved the life of a young boy:

San Rafael lifeguard honored for saving life of Novato 4-year-old   By Nels Johnson, Marin Independent Journal  12/18/2012 03:37:43 PM PST

LIFEGUARD JAMIE Russell of San Rafael was on alert when she noticed the little boy playing with a flotation device had slipped from sight at the shallow end of Fairfax's Meadow Club swimming pool.She quickly spotted 4-year-old Parker King of Novato floating at the bottom, jumped in and brought him to the surface, then administered rescue breathing followed by a series of chest compressions last Sept. 12.

"It was scary," the 22-year-old said. "It seemed like forever, but when he started coughing and crying, I knew it was going to be OK."

Russell, who graduated last spring with a degree in environmental science from the University of California at Santa Cruz and is now studying to be a pharmacist, was hailed as a hero Tuesday as Sheriff Bob Doyle gave her a certificate of commendation, the department's highest honor for a civilian.  Russell was saluted at an awards ceremony at which three deputies also were commended for action "above and beyond" the call of duty. Officials credited the chest compressions administered by Russell with saving Parker's life.

"Ms. Russell's prior training and immediate response to this situation resulted in saving the life of a 4-year-old boy who may otherwise well have died awaiting medical response that had to travel along a rural two-lane mountain roadway to arrive," the sheriff's commendation said.

The King family watched the proceedings intently near the front of a crowd in the Board of Supervisors' chambers, and Parker's dad, Bruce King, was near tears as he turned toward Russell to thank her in halting, emotional and heartfelt commentary.

"That day my life flashed before my eyes," KIng said. "The way you focused and did that training, it all worked out. It's a miracle," he said. "He's perfect."

While dad's comments were brief, Parker, now 5, was a little man of but one word. Asked how he was feeling about the festivities, he said, "Good."

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Posted by: Shereen

Shereen is a librarian at the Fairfax Library.

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