Are You Prepared To Save A Life? How To Get Certified In Montana.
Last night during a Monday Night Football game, the nation watched in horror as Buffalo Bill Safety Damar Hamlin made a tackle, then stood up only to collapse backward on the football field.
What happened next was unlike anything that most of us have ever seen. We watched as players, coaches, and fans stood there shocked and in tears as a fellow human being laid motionless on the field.
We now know that Hamlin, 24, suffered a cardiac arrest on the field in Cincinnati last night and after several minutes of CRP was taken to a local hospital where he is now sedated and in critical condition.
It certainly had an effect on the entire nation and social media has exploded with get well wishes and prayers for Hamlin. In fact, as of this writing, a Go Fund Me for his charity the Chasing M's Foundation, which is a community toy drive for kids, has raised over 3.5 million.
While we certainly hope and pray for a full recovery for Damar Hamlin, it brings up an interesting question. What would you do if you were in a similar situation? Are you prepared to help a co-worker, family member, friend, or even stranger if they required life-saving action?
Across the state of Montana, there are several ways to become CPR-certified. Here's what the Red Cross has to say about CPR Certification:
CPR certification takes just a few short hours, but can help you add years to someone's life. Successful completion of an in-person or blended learning course gives you a two-year certification in adult and/or pediatric CPR.
Here in Bozeman, there are several classes offered by the Red Cross both in person and online, if you want more information, check out redcross.org. Of course, there are other organizations with certified instructors available throughout the state.
If you've never taken a CPR course, it may certainly be something to consider, or if you have and it's been a few years, a refresher course is never a bad idea.
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