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CPR skills help save one man's life

Posted at 6:04 PM, Dec 05, 2012

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) --Its those skills that you never know when you'll need to use them, they're called CPR.

Dan Samborn, CEO of the Tallahassee Redcross trains hundreds of people on how to perform CPR and how to use a defibrillator.

"It comes down to wanting to help your neighbor, your loved one , and we encourage people to wanting to help someone they've never met before, saving a life is something you'll remember for the rest of your life," said Samborn.

Samborn showed WTXL how to work a defibrillator and how to perform compressions on a someone's chest. First placing the pads onto a person then turning the machine on to send shockwaves to the body.

"They say for every minute that a patient goes without any type of emergency aid like the AED, they lose ten percent of survivability," said Samborn.

Brett Tillotston used a defibrillator to bring a man back to life after the man had fell out during a row club practice. Using his CPR skills, and the defibrillator he was able to do it.

"Our teams thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family and we hope he comes out of this alright," said Tillotson.

Tillotson says the moments after a person goes down is so crucial, and Samborn agrees learninig those skills will help save someone's life.

"To take four hours out of your life to be able to learn a life saving skill that you'll probably remember for the rest of your life, even with changes is well worth it," said Samborn.