CPR should be police requirement

DEAR EDITOR:

In today’s society, time could mean life or death, especially pertaining to cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR.

The most important part of CPR is compressions. The faster they are started, the chance of survival increases. A CPR certification lasts up to two years before renewal training is required. Recertification assures that people stay up-to-date on techniques and procedures.

It is often overlooked that many police departments throughout the country do not require CPR certification for their officers. Through research, I have found that recruits in the police academy are required to be certified in order to graduate, but do not have to be recertified once they are a member of the police force. In Ohio, there is no state law requiring the recertification of CPR for police officers, and it is therefore up to the department’s discretion to make CPR recertification mandatory. New York recently passed a law on this issue called Briana’s Law, mandating all police officers in New York to stay current with CPR training. This issue came to light after Briana’s mother was pulled over on their way to the hospital. Briana was having an asthma attack and the police officer did not know how to administer CPR. Unfortunately, Briana died shortly after arriving at the hospital.

This is an important issue, especially since police officers are usually first on the scene and have the potential to give CPR until emergency medical service, EMS, arrives, as long as there is no immanent danger to the officer.

I live in Trumbull County and would like to see my county and state make a progressive movement towards 100 percent mandatory CPR certification.

ANTHONY DEVENGENCIE

Warren

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