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Editorial: Be ready to be a hero

The Mathews Volunteer Rescue Squad is on a mission. It hopes to train 1,000 residents in use of the AED (automated external defibrillator).

The AED is a lifesaver, and is said to be an easy, effective, almost miraculous way to restore the heartbeat of a person suddenly stricken with cardiac arrest. Its value has been proved again and again.

The rescue squad has already placed a dozen AEDs in visible, outdoor locations throughout the county. It has already trained nearly 500 residents in its use.

Now the squad is taking the next step. It will offer free 30-minute classes over the next month, open to all. All people have to do is show up. With these sessions, the squad hopes to meet its 1,000-person goal.

Classes will be offered at the squad headquarters at Hudgins on Oct. 18, 20, 25, 27, Nov. 3 and 14. Three half-hour sessions will be given each night, at 6:30, 7 and 7:30.

How great would it be, to know how to use an AED, and to be able to save the life of a family member, neighbor...

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