Alton High School students listen while Engineer Tom Muffler (foreground), Deputy Chief Mark Harris and firefighter Chris Bradley give CPR instructions.
ALTON — In a collaborative effort to make Alton a safer community, the Alton Fire Department, Alton Community Relations Commission and Alton School District teamed up to provide a community cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillator class Sept. 19 at the Alton School District Motivational Achievement Center.
The Alton Fire Department taught the American Heart Association Friends and Family CPR/AED curriculum from 10 a.m. to noon. Approximately 30 people took advantage of the free event that was advertised to children and families in the school district. While the course did not provide a CPR card, it provided participants with the knowledge necessary to perform adult, child and infant CPR and how to use an AED. Participants were advised if they wish to get a CPR card, they can call the Alton Fire Department at (618) 463-3565 to sign up for a class offered at 6 p.m. every second Tuesday of the month. The course fee is $10.
In attendance for the Alton School District was Superintendent Ken Spells, who gave each participant a certificate at the end of the course. Commission member Ben Golley, co-coordinator of the event; Alton Fire Chief Bernie Sebold and members of the fourth shift instructed the course.
“A special thanks goes out to Mister Donut of Godfrey for providing doughnuts and the Alton High Student Council for helping set up and clean after the event,” an Alton Fire Department press release states.