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Apr 12, 2013 4:47 PM

Teacher Credits CPR Training With Saving Georgetown Student

If someone collapsed right in front of you, would you know what to do, and how to perform CPR? A Scott County P.E. teacher saved a student's life this week when that very thing happened.

Salin Simpson has only been on the job since January at Royal Spring Middle School, but the 26-year-old teacher has already done what most never do in a lifetime. "In the moment, I didn't think anything of it," he said.

On Tuesday during a class, a student collapsed in the first few minutes of outdoor P.E. "It happens all the time," said Simpson. "Kids lay down for whatever reason, so I approached him and said, 'get up', saw the color draining from his face (and realized it was) much more serious than I imagined."

The 7th grade boy's heart stopped. That's when Simpson called 911 on his cell phone and immediately began giving CPR. "In the moment, I didn't have time to think about anything else," said Simpson. "I did what needed to be done."

Simpson worked on the student until Georgetown Police officer Jason Bruner and paramedics took over. "He's got a long way to go, but he is going to be fine," said Simpson.

Simpson praises the students and staff for how everyone handled the tense situation. He hopes others will get CPR certified. "I don't want this to be about me," he said. "I want to find a light, show awareness that when it comes to CPR, people don't roll their eyes at it. It does save a life."

CPR classes are offered all the time at different places and rates. You can start at the Red Cross website at www.redcross.org.

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