If one lawmaker has his way, soon all teens would learn CPR and CCR in school.

New legislation (AB 725) being considered at the capitol would require schools to offer high school students instruction in performing cardiopulmonary and cardio-cerebral resuscitation and the use of an automated external defibrillator.

“Students do not have to be certified. We just want them to be aware of; you know, the basics, at least the basics of what to do.”

The bill’s author, Ted Zigmunt (D-Francis Creek), says right now, not all schools offer such training. His bill would leave it up to each school to determine how much instruction is given and how to go about it.

“If you’re a small school in a small town you can have local fire department or your EMTs come in and do a two-hour class once a year and that’d be enough.”

That life-saving information proved to be very useful Sunday afternoon as a Dane County teen helped save her younger brother’s life after he was nearly electrocuted.

McFarland fire department captain Harlan Hettrick says its a perfect example of the significance of CPR.

“We’re so glad that the school system down here does this with the kids and connects them up with the EMS service down here so they can learn this skill. This is a perfect case of why it’s so important to know it.”

The 14-year-old boy had been using a roof rake, which hit a power line and shocked him. His older sister immediately began CPR, which she learned at her school.

NOTE: The Assembly Committee on Public Health held a previously scheduled public hearing on Tuesday. (WIBA contributed to this story.)

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