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Illinois Bill Requires CPR And Defibrillator Training In High Schools

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Illinois high school students could soon be required to learn CPR plus get defibrillator training. the measure passed out of committee Tuesday and it's now in the state Senate.

"A great number of high schools in our state are currently undertaking the training of our students in CPR and the use of an AED," said Illinois Representative Daniel Burke.

But, Illinois representative Daniel Burke says that's not enough. He says all schools should require this.

A family from St. Charles, Illinois' 18 -year-old daughter suffered cardiac arrest while she practiced with a drill team," said Burke. "There was an AED device in the high school. But what's most tragic was no one knew how to use the device."

That's something he's hoping to change.  Burke says this measure is all about saving lives and by training both students and staff, he's hoping situations like this could be prevented in the future.

Although this training would be free of cost, Ben Schwarm of the Illinois Association of School Boards says some smaller communities would still have to come out of pocket if their firefighters are volunteers.

"In some suburban areas in Chicago, the local fire department and professional staff will go out and do it, but unless they're going to go across the state, there's going to be a cost," said Schwarm.

Some parents say it's a skill set they'll have forever and one that could potentially save a life in the future.

"Once they learn it they'll have it the rest of their lives. they can use it at a job somewhere, college," said Jan Rasso.

"I've heard of people collapsing at a restaurant before and just an average person ran over to help give CPR and keep them alive," said Etta Braden.

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