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Red Cross offers free lifesaving classes Saturday



The Northern Nevada Chapter of the American Red Cross is hosting five free CPR and first aid sessions Saturday, March 19 as part of Gabrielle Giffords Save-a-Life Saturday, a national event honoring the U.S. Congresswoman and the other victims of the Tucson shooting that killed six and injured 13.

The sessions are at 10:30 a.m, noon, 1:30, 3 and 4:30 p.m. at 241 Ridge Street (one block north of West Liberty Street at the corner of Flint Street). Training will last 45 minutes to an hour and include instruction in hands-only CPR, controlling external bleeding and managing shock.

According to the Red Cross, more than one-fourth of people surveyed have found themselves in a situation where someone needed CPR. Recent research shows that if more people learned hands-only CPR, it would increase the likelihood of surviving cardiac emergencies outside a hospital by putting more victims within a few steps of lifesaving assistance.

“The tragedy in Tucson is a reminder of how important it is for everyone to know first aid and CPR,” said Caroline Punches, executive director. “As the tragic event unfolded, several bystanders knew these vital skills, which helped save the lives of many victims, including Congresswoman Giffords. This inspired us to offer this training here in our own community.”

Participants ages teen to adult are encouraged to attend this free event. Call 856-1000 to register or for more information.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to survivors of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.



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