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Stuarts Draft Rescue Squad Hosts Free CPR Class

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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va (WVIR) -

Dozens of people in the Shenandoah Valley are now better equipped to save someone's life.

The Stuarts Draft Rescue Squad put on three classes Saturday teaching people CPR.

Participants watched a video then got to practice chest compressions. They also learned how to save choking victims.

Advanced EMT, Justin Strader said, “Recently we've had two situations where we've worked calls and the family had initiated CPR, and the outcomes were very good, the two people walked out of the hospital so we saw the need that CPR was saving lives.”

Participants do not come away CPR certified, just better equipped in case of an emergency.

This is the first time the Stuarts Draft rescue squad has put on the free class, sponsored by Hershey's.

Organizers say it was so successful; they're planning on making it an annual event.

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