Peoria firefighters teach CPR to teens

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PEORIA, Ariz. -- About a hundred Valley teens learned some critical, lifesaving skills Tuesday morning.

Santa Fe Elementary School in Peoria hosted CPR lessons for all of its 8th graders, courtesy of members of the Peoria Fire Department.

"This is truly important because we can get out into these schools and teach kids at a young age this lifesaving skill," says Doug Corrie of the Peoria Fire Department. "It's been proven over time that the more the kids get their hands on this stuff and the more people are introduced into it, because it's a actually a scary situation that you're in, and someone makes the decision to help a family member or a friend or something like that."

Corrie says firefighters are teaching the kids a hands-only method of CPR. "85 percent of all people who have cardiac arrest don't need someone to breathe through their mouth," Corrie says. "And that really lessens the risk that people take when they actually make the choice to help."