Tupelo workers learn CPR

TUPELO – City Hall is now a safer place.
More than a dozen employees Tuesday learned how to administer CPR and operate an automated external defibrillator donated by the Weston Reed Foundation.
The AED, which can shock heart into beating normally again, will stay at City Hall permanently in case of life-threatening emergencies.
“There are so many events at City Hall and so many people who come there, so we thought it’d be a good place to have an AED,” said Bev Crossen of the Weston Reed Foundation.
The foundation is named after an 11-year-old Tupelo boy who died from cardiac arrest while playing soccer in 2007. The group raises money to buy AEDs and distribute them throughout the community.
Employees spent more than an hour learning how to check for breathing, perform mouth-to-mouth respiration and pump the chest. They also practiced using an AED. The course – called American Heart Association’s Heart Saver AED – was taught by Crossen and a volunteer, Teresa Cash.
Although the class will teach employees how to help their colleagues or visitors to City Hall, “statistically it will be a family member who you’ll perform it on,” Crossen said.
After successfully completing the course, each employee will receive American Heart Association certification cards valid for two years.
“I’m a Girl Scout leader and need to be certified anyway,” said city employee Peggy Woods, who had taken a similar course from the foundation several years ago. “Plus, I just want to be able to assist if I’m ever needed.”
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