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Little lifesavers

Heritage students taught essential skills by EMS

Charlton Fire Department's EMS coordinator Terri Gough taught a group of fourth grade students and some of their parents how to operate a AED and perform CPR. The students are too young to be certified, but know “the basics.” (click for larger version)
February 22, 2012
CHARLTON — A fourth-grader could save your life.

Students at Heritage School who raised enough money to purchase an automatic external defibrillator (AED) for their school earlier this year were trained on operating the device and performing CPR last week.

An AED is a device that can help prevent deaths in the case of sudden cardiac arrest by restoring the victim's normal heart rate before emergency personnel arrives. Heritage School, which serves second through fourth graders in Charlton, was one of just a few in the Dudley-Charlton Regional School district that didn't have one.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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