PUBLISHED: 4:59 PM on Wednesday, February 6, 2008
A Matter of Choice
The American Red Cross seems to always be talking about training, after all, that's a vital part of our mission; to help people prevent and prepare for emergencies.

So why is it that so many remain untrained in the skills that can help save another's life?

Some may feel that the amount of bandages they have put on through the years in sufficient training for first aid, after all we all know how to clean a wound and change a band aid but do all of us know how to recognize a diabetic emergency, a stroke or how to stop severe bleeding?

And when it comes to CPR, (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), many believe that it is a skill that they will never use, so why get trained?

That may have been the exact thought of three individuals before they received their training and used their skills to save a young boy's life. Here is the rest of the story...

January 11th, 2008 is not a day that will soon be forgotten by one young man and his three rescuers; after all, he was given life that day.

Sitka Alaska has a thriving swim club; The Baranof Barracud's who practice weekday mornings at the Blatchley Pool.

On January 11th during a routine practice consisting of hypoxics across a forty yard pool, one boy seemed to just stop and sit on the bottom of the pool after completing six laps.

Red Cross class schedule


Saturday, Feb. 9 IAdult CPR/AED with First Aid

9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 7 Infant/Child CPR

5:30-10 p.m.

A team mate swam to the bottom to pull him up but the other boy's body responded by pushing him away.

Recognizing that something was wrong, the assistant coach had the team mate return once again to the bottom of the pool to pull up the other. The head coach pulled the boy out of the water and chest compressions and rescue breaths were given.

Emergency personnel, (911), were called and the swimmer was transported to the hospital where he received treatment for minor lung damage that will heal in time.

Thanks to the training of all three rescuers this young man has a new lease on life and I hear that he is giving his mom a lot more hugs today.

So it's really a simple choice, if you were having a cardiac emergency who would you want with you? Someone who is trained in the skills to help save your life or someone who thought they would never need those skills?

For information on how you can get trained please call the offices of your American Red Cross at 463-5713. The training you receive today may help save a life tomorrow.