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SD Lawmakers Want CPR Training In High Schools

The South Dakota House of Representatives wants high school students to acquire hands on training in CPR. Senate Concurrent Resolution 7 passed the House on Monday afternoon. Republican State Representative Scott Munsterman says CPR skills save lives.

"The average response time for a 911 call is 10 minutes in South Dakota. 88 percent of those cardiac arrests actually occur at home and it’s known that CPR can double and even triple a victims chances of survival. And it’s a fact that this hands on CPR only takes about 20 minutes to learn," Munsterman says.

Munsterman says SCR 7 in no way requires schools to implement CPR training, it’s just encouraged. This resolution passed the South Dakota House of Representatives unanimously.

Nate Wek is currently the sports content producer and sports and rec beat reporter for South Dakota Public Broadcasting. He is a graduate of South Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism Broadcasting and a minor in Leadership. From 2010-2013 Nate was the Director of Gameday Media for the Sioux Falls Storm (Indoor Football League) football team. He also spent 2012 and 2013 as the News and Sports Director of KSDJ Radio in Brookings, SD. Nate, his wife Sarah, and two kids Braxan and Jordy, live in Canton, SD.