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Law would require CPR classes in high schools

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A new state law would require school districts to provide CPR classes for high school students.

Two Marietta boys have already proven that young people can save a life just by knowing CPR. Rocky Hurt, 9, and Ethan Wilson, 10, were able to talk Susanna Rohn through the CPR that saved her baby's life.

One boy coached her through CPR, while the other one waited on an ambulance.

Mom performed CPR and her son Isaiah let out a loud cry and began breathing again.

Michael Privette is executive vice president of the American Heart Association in metro Atlanta.

"When given the right training, [CPR] can make the difference in survival and so what we want is that every student in the state of Georgia is trained to be a hero in their community," said Privette.

The non-profit drafted a bill that would require all Georgia high schools to give their students the same training that Rocky and Ethan received.

"Many of our neighboring states have already done that. In Alabama and North Carolina, students are already being trained in CPR before they graduate," Privette said.

The law will not require students to get CPR certification or teachers to be certified instructors, but Privette says it's all about raising awareness.

"Awareness is enough. There's no wrong way to do CPR. If you can get in there and press hard and fast on their chest, that can make the difference in someone surviving. A little CPR is better than no CPR," Privette said.

The bill requiring CPR instruction at every Georgia high school has already passed the Senate. Sponsors say they expect it to make its way to the floor of the House next week.

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