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M-E Students On Their Way to Being CPR Certified

By Kerry Longobucco.
A new state mandate makes CPR certification a graduation requirement for New York high schools. Fox 40 got a look at one of those trainings today at Maine-Endwell High School.

M-E is ahead of the curve -- its been training its students in CPR for more than 20 years.

The course takes place in health class. students first learn about CPR in the classroom, and then get to practice their technique on dummies. The class instructor said some students have anxiety early on -- but become comfortable with some practice.

"It is a big responsibility, responding to somebody's sudden illness or heart attack," Andrew Krise, a physical education teacher at Maine-Endwell, said. "But after a while, I think we ease the tensions, and let them know that every single one of our students can be a first responder."

After several classes, the students are awarded their certification after passing a written exam, and having their hands-on skills evaluated.

The American Heart Association says each year, more than 1.5 million high school graduates will be CPR certified.