Limestone coaches learn CPR

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LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - It's a skill they hope to never have to use, but one that can save lives. Coaches and athletic staff from throughout the Limestone County school system got together this morning to learn CPR.

It can happen anywhere, anytime, the result of illness, accident, even an undected birth defect. If someone stops breathing, would you know what to do until help arrives?

The coaching staff at Limestone County schools do, thanks to a class offered by Calhoun Community College.

"It will insure that when people are at football games, basketball games, volleyball, things like that, that our coaches are well trained and will be able to administer CPR in the event that a crisis occurred," says Brett McGill of Calhoun Community College.

The training not only covered proper CPR techniques for adults, but for the youngest children, also. Preparring themselves to respond to the unthinkable.

"They're with our children probably just as much as we are as coaches sometimes. so as a parent, it makes me happy to know that my coach knows CPR," says EMS Program Director Mark Branon.

A comforting lesson for the coaching staff.

Ardmore High School basketball coach Mike Sanderson says, "You never know if its going to be a kid that you're coaching, you never know if it's going to be a colleague that you're teaching with. Personally, I'm in my 50's so I'm certainly glad that people around me are trained in CPR."

Learning a skill you hope you'll never need, a lesson others may be thankful you learned.

The coaches will take this course every two years to make certain their skills are up to date.

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