Make the call. Take the class. Save a life.

April 10, 2010 05:00 am

There’s an important lesson to be learned from Wednesday’s story about a coach and 911 dispatcher rescuing the life of 12-year-old Casey Shaw.

Learn CPR.

There’s no excuse not to. This newspaper regularly publishes announcements for free and low-cost CPR and first aid training offered by organizations such as the American Red Cross and Cal-Ore Life Flight.

Car accidents. Earthquakes. Drownings. Heart attacks. These incidents, plus the near tragedy of Casey Shaw show that life-threatening emergencies can happen to anyone, any age, at any time.

Adequate CPR training can mean the difference between life and death. Students learn how to check an unconscious victim, give rescue breaths, administer first aid for choking, and recognize signals of a heart attack – all critical steps necessary to keeping someone alive until paramedics arrive.

Additional training includes learning first aid skills such as determining unconsciousness, treating cuts, scrapes, and burns, controlling bleeding, treating injuries to bones, muscles and joints, and preventing and caring for sudden illness, including heat stroke and hypothermia.

For information about  CPR and first aid training  opportunities call:

•Southern Oregon Chapter of the American Red Cross: 800-433-9285.

•Cal-Ore Life Flight: (541) 469-7911.

The classes are usually in the evenings for three hours. The cost, at most is $45.

That’s a small price to pay for the chance to be someone’s hero.