CENTER, TX (KTRE) - A week after an 18-month-old Center child died, Shelby County residents are wasting no time to learn how to handle emergency situations. In July, the emergency room in Center closed. Residents are learning CPR and basic first aid, and they will be certified after completing two class days.
"What happens if my kids are at home, and I need medical attention?" said Center resident Charles Bush.
Those were the thoughts from the Center man who dialed 911 when he witnessed 18-month-old Edith Gonzales choking last week.
Charles Bush's wife, the owner of Gaddy's Medical, decided it would be best to offer her staff and the community CPR and basic first aid classes after the loss of not only an emergency room but a child.
"What we think is if everyone is informed a little bit more on life saving techniques, and knowing CPR, and basic first aid that's going to help them in case they are faced with an emergency," said LVN Rachel Bradshaw.
Most of the staff at Gaddy's Medical are parents who immediately thought one thing.
"Oh my goodness, you know. What are we going to do? It could be us, or our kids, or one of our family members that need help and our local facility is not here," Bradshaw said.
James Short is teaching classes how to prepare for emergency situations.
"It's very important especially during this time when we're in need of medical aid," said paramedic James Short. "ACE Ambulance Service can only do so much and be so many places."
Monday was the first day of many classes. Short is hopeful to teach residents how not to be afraid to help someone. After everyone becomes CPR certified they will help out in more ways than one.
"Everybody that we can get trained and certified will benefit them and the person that needs it," Short said. "It benefits the ambulance service because they can now act as first responders."
Without an emergency 24 hour facility it's important for residents to know that every second counts in an emergency.
"You feel helpless if you don't know what to do in an emergency," Bradshaw said. "As a nurse and growing up with my parents having an ambulance service I know how important it is to get care and treatment started immediately."
The Gaddy's Medical staff said they will offer classes as long as there is a demand for them.
"Dream case scenario would be that everyone in Shelby County be certified and not just if you have kids, or just if you work in the community. You never know when an emergency is going to happen."
Anyone interested in receiving certification must attend both two day classes.
The classes will start at 5:15 p.m.
The next two day classes will be offered Wednesday and Thursday, August 21-22.
For more information, you can call Gaddy's Medical at 936-590-4464.