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Jackson Milton Local Schools employees receive CPR training

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NORTH JACKSON, Ohio -

CPR is a skill most people hope they never have to use.  Although, by knowing it, it's possible to save someone's life.

"For every minute CPR is not being performed on the non-responsive cardiac arrest patient, they are losing about 7% to 10% survivability," said Nick Reynolds with University Hospital Portage Medical Center.

According to the American Heart Association, CPR can double or triple a person's chance of survival.  However, it happens just 10% of the time outside of a hospital setting.  

That's why employees with University Hospitals stepped outside of their workplace and into the Jackson Milton Local Schools on Tuesday, training nearly 50 bus drivers, food service employees, maintenance workers, aids and secretaries in CPR.

"The staff love it.  They have said that our bus drivers, especially when they start hauling those children, those are their children and they don't want to see anything happen to them," said transportation supervisor Darlene Pellin with Jackson Milton Local Schools.

Over the course of the last eight years, the lives of a Jackson Milton school custodian and grandparent have been saved thanks to CPR.  Understanding the value of the training, the district offers the CPR training every two years.

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