Byford Auto Group donates CPR kits to Stephen County students

DUNCAN, OK (RNN Texoma) - Some businesses in Stephens County made sure high school students are trained and certified in CPR.

Byford Auto Group, Lenorman Properties, and Gold Key Service Center teamed up with the American Heart Association at Byford Chevy in Duncan Wednesday morning to pass out CPR kits to high school principals and superintendents.

Each kit contains inflatable mannequins, instructional DVD's, and lesson plans.

In just one class period, students will learn the core skills of CPR as well as AED training and choking relief techniques.

"You don't know where you are going to be when you need this skill, so the skill that is taught empowers you to be able to help someone when you don't even know it is coming," said Denise Castelli, Director of Go Red for Women.

The kits cost about $5,000 a piece and a new state law in Oklahoma requires schools to teach juniors and seniors CPR prior to high school graduation.

The American Heart Association has already passed out close to one-million CPR kits nationwide.

Thanks to Byford, and the other businesses, all 7 high schools in Stephens County now have their own kits.

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