Local teenagers got a break from their usual classes today and instead were taught how to save a life.
Students at Fruita Monument High School had a change in their normal routine. Instead they took a pulse class, which stands for Preventing Unnecessary Life-Loss through Student Education.
The students replaced their textbooks and pencils for CPR dummies and learned how to help victims of cardiac arrest. In his experience as an EMT, the founder of pulse says that when he arrived at the scene there were usually students around but nobody knew how to perform CPR. That's when he came up with the idea for P.U.L.S.E.
“So we thought wouldn't it be advantageous to able to teach high school students how to save lives so that when they're out there in a situation like that, they can begin saving that life before paramedics arrived”, explained Rudy Malesich, Founder of P.U.L.S.E.
The program has been training students in District 51 for the past three years, with over 1,200 students being certified in CPR. The goal is to send 5,000 students out into the community that are capable of saving the lives of victims of cardiac arrest.
The program is funded completely by donations. It costs $10 per student to be certified. If you'd like to donate, you can contact District 51. Who knows, one of those students may someday save your life.