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CPR saved baby after East Texas tornado; would you know what to do?

Jeremiah Barnard, EMS Education Coordinator for Nacogdoches Memorial demonstrates CPR. (Source: KTRE Staff) Jeremiah Barnard, EMS Education Coordinator for Nacogdoches Memorial demonstrates CPR. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Would you know CPR in the event an emergency occurred? (Source: KTRE Staff) Would you know CPR in the event an emergency occurred? (Source: KTRE Staff)
American Red Cross volunteer Bobbie Ann Anderson strives to get as many civilians certified in CPR.  (Source: KTRE Staff) American Red Cross volunteer Bobbie Ann Anderson strives to get as many civilians certified in CPR. (Source: KTRE Staff)
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

The dramatic water rescue of the two small children in the overturned truck near Canton has played over and over again on television. 

A man who knew CPR played a role in saving a baby’s life during that rescue. 

Would you be able to do the same? CPR training can be obtained any number of ways.

"As you talk about it, I can actually feel goosebumps,” said Jeremiah Barnard, the education coordinator for Nacogdoches EMS. “And that's why I enjoy teaching CPR. I enjoy it because if I can help one person save one life, my time was definitely worth it."

"Twenty-four, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30,” Barnard said during a training session. “After 30 compressions, we're gonna give two breaths."

Twice a month the Nacogdoches EMS education coordinator and other instructors teach people of all ages how to administer CPR on adults, children and infants. 

"The training lasts approximately three hours,” Barnard said. “It is mostly video based. We do a lot of hands on. Then you take an exam at the end and you get your card."

A person can also find online instruction and testing. They're a good refresher course for those already certified or wanting to learn the basics. 
CPR classes can also be brought to the workplace. 

"We'll send our instructor with our training materials to their location and we can actually teach the class at their place of business."
Many fire departments provide CPR training.

The American Red Cross offers classes, too. Summer classes are available at Stephen F. Austin State University's Campus Recreation Department.
Red Cross volunteer Bobbie Ann Anderson is wanting the Canton rescue to show civilians the lifesaving role they may someday provide.

"That's what we strive for is to get so much of the population trained in CPR because in those first few minutes, it's so critical,” said Bobbie Ann Anderson, a Red Cross volunteer.

CPR training does come with some fees. Nacogdoches EMS charges $30 for CPR training and an extra $10 for first-aid training. 

American Red Cross' fee is $55 for members and $100 for non-members.

To contact Barnard about the Nacogdoches EMS class, call (936) 559-5709 or send him an e-mail. For more information on classes through SFA's Campus Recreation Department, click this link. Visit this link for information on Red Cross CPR classes.

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