First responders teach kids the importance of CPR

First responders teach kids the importance of CPR
Several medical agencies across the nation are using this week to stress the importance of being able to perform these life-saving routines. (Photo source: WLOX)

According to the American Heart Association, hands-only CPR can double - even triple - a person's chance of survival.

On Saturday, first responders and volunteers paid a visit to the Good Deeds Community Center in Gulfport to teach kids just how important the technique is.

"We're living longer as parents and grandparents, so it's very important that kids can understand that if you find a parent or grandfather or stranger unconscious, what do you do," said Harrison County Supervisor, Kent Jones.

Jones is hoping to be able to give children like Lesendra Jefferson, who lives right next door to her grandparents, the skills needed to keep someone alive in case of an emergency.

"It could help them out....they can come back to life," said Jefferson.

Additional safety sessions were taught as well. Jones says he hopes to have more informative courses in the future.

Fore more information on hands-only CPR, click here.

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