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Editorial: Save a life

AEDs save lives. CPR saves lives. How many people know CPR? How many homes, businesses, churches and schools are equipped with AEDs?

A member of the Mathews Family YMCA is alive today thanks to the quick and knowledgeable action of people on the scene—and thanks also to the presence of an automated external defibrillator on the premises.

AEDs are available commercially. They talk anyone through the steps needed by the patient … apply chest compressions, apply AED shock, etc.

CPR classes are available locally, taught at different times by local rescue personnel. It’s a good idea to learn the ropes.

Emergencies happen in the blink of an eye. We have the means at hand to help people in distress, if we take advantage of them. The time spent learning CPR and the cost of buying an AED are minimal, compared to the value of a life that is saved. ...

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