CPR training could be new addition to high school curriculum

11 months 1 week 2 days ago February 13, 2016 Feb 13, 2016 Saturday, February 13 2016 Saturday, February 13, 2016 4:08:00 PM CST in News
By: Amber Smith, KOMU 8 News

JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Senate made moves this week to fight back against the number one killer of Americans.

The Missouri Senate unanimously passed a bill Thursday that would require 30 minutes of hands-only CPR training in high schools. This decision came just days before the 25th anniversary of the Mid-Missouri Heart Ball in Jefferson City to raise money for the American Heart Association. 

Corporate Events Director with the American Heart Association Becki Collier said they are glad they can work with legislators to pass bills that could help save lives.

"Things that people do not necessarily think about like hands-only CPR save lives every day in emergency situations," Collier said.

Collier said 700 people are expected to attend Saturday night's event in Jefferson City. She said the goal is to raise $200,000. 

Collier said a lot has changed since the event began 25 years ago.

"There will be a lot of people here tonight that would not be able to be here without the research that we have done over the last 25 years," Collier said.

The Missouri House of Representatives had the first reading of this bill on Thursday.

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