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Proviso West NJROTC Students Learn Life-Saving Skills

March 19, 2015 03:15 PM
The students in the Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corp (NJROTC) program at Proviso West High School learned lessons on March 12 that could potentially save someone’s life.
The cadets learned how to perform Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED), and how to perform the Heimlich maneuver on a choking victim. Doing the teaching on this day were hospital corpsmen from Naval Station Great Lakes near North Chicago.
Petty Officer Daisy Blanchard, an instructor in the Proviso West NJROTC program, said that the lessons were part of a unit on survival training that includes learning how to survive in the water and other emergency actions.
"We do this every year," Ms. Blanchard said. "It’s knowing the basics of CPR and in the event of an emergency, if someone points to them, they can at least get the emergency system started."
Ms. Blanchard also said that learning life-saving skills is part of being in the community and being a good citizen.
Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West, said that it is important for students to learn skills that will help others.
"Performing CPR or using an AED are skills that are relevant to students because they may at some point be called upon to use them," he said. "If they witness an emergency or a cardiac arrest and they assess the scene and make the 911 call and provide care, that can make the difference between life or death. I commend the students in our NJROTC program for learning these skills."


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