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High school students learn life saving skills

Published On: Jan 13 2014 07:27:51 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 13 2014 12:00:00 AM EST

Students get life-saving training in Roanoke


Nearly 50 high school students from Roanoke are proving that you're never too young to learn how to save a life.

For a couple of hours, students from Patrick Henry and William Fleming High School's went to the Red Cross to get hands on training.

“We're learning CPR basics and first aid, which is really help for us, because we really are into the medical field and taking that health assistance class at Fleming. So this would be good for our area,” said William Fleming student Nikki Dean.

Teachers from both schools say students, who range from freshmen to juniors, are considering some type of health profession in the future.

“They are learning life skills. Learning CPR and first aid is extremely important, because with this knowledge they can help save a life,” said teacher Jack Guilliams.

“This is lifelong learning skills. They'll be able to use these skills even if they don't go into the health care field to revive someone. You never know when you might have to use those skills,” said teacher Sheila Tinsley.

The students are part of the Red Cross Club. In all, there are 13 clubs in the Roanoke area with about 300 to 400 students.

“I think the kids are impressed that they can learn theses life saving skills. It doesn't take that much time to do that operation and that they have got skills that they can take and use when they leave the class,” said Betty Whittaker with the Red Cross.