Story and photos by RODNEY D. BOAM
Hayley Porter, a seventh grader at Preston Junior High School, worked like a trooper to get her Mini Anne to click, but it just didn’t happen.
Mini Anne is an inflatable Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation mannequin used to learn life-saving techniques.
With all the gusto she had, the 12 year-old pressed down on the chest with the heal of her hand, fingers interlocked as instructed. But the click never came.
At not quite 70 pounds, the daughter of Val and Marcy Porter kept working on the mannequin all through 15 minutes of the 20-minute exercise. She never did get the chest cavity to go down the two inches required for the click. With Alice King, a veteran of the Franklin County Ambulance Association, coaching her, it still didn’t happen.
“Anything you can do is better than doing nothing at all,” King told her.
King teaches the Preston High School’s Emergency Medical Technician classes. She talked to the students about the importance of knowing CPR skills and said they might be the one who saves the life of a relative.
“People you care about may be the ones you help,” King said.
This story is sponsored by FCMC Family Physicians.
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