Why Learn CPR?


If someone you loved suffered a cardiac emergency, what would you do?  According to the American Heart Association, only three in 10 Americans feel confident to give CPR on the spot.  Almost everyone else feels helpless, not knowing how to perform CPR or afraid of hurting the victim.

Amber Lopez, a Sac State criminal justice major, is the mother of a 22-month-old son. She says Xander is the main reason she took the CPR AED (cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillator) course at the College of Continuing Education (CCE). “I always felt nervous if he choked.  I felt uncomfortable not knowing CPR.” The class increased her confidence and she now keeps a how-to guide in her purse.

Eduardo Raygoza is the incoming vice president of the Sigma Lambda Beta fraternity on campus. He says the international fraternity made CPR training a priority after another member died in an accident in 1992. “One of my brothers was in Puerto Rico and drowning. No one knew CPR. There wasn’t anyone there to help him.” Raygoza, who’s a kinesiology major, learned CPR for the first time this year and is encouraging others to earn their certification. “You might be the one person to save someone’s life.”

Aaron Blancaflor is a computer engineering major at Sac State and worked jobs that required CPR certification, one with a youth program and the other at a fitness center. He’s never had to perform CPR, though he once handled crowd control while a co-worker revived an unconscious man at a swimming pool. “No one ever expects to do CPR. But if you’re not exposed to the training, it could cause loss of life.”

Kenneth Wilburn served in the Navy and learned CPR years ago. He’s now a communications major at Sac State and works at the WELL manning the equipment desk. One of the job requirements was CPR training so he signed up for a course at CCE. “I would say whether it’s a job requirement or not, it’s good knowledge to have. Now it’ll be up to me to keep up the training.”

June 1-7 is National CPR & AED Awareness Week. Be a Hornet Heartsaver and earn your CPR certification at CCE. All Sac State affiliates (students, faculty, staff and alumni) receive Hornet pricing, with classes as low as $45. Call (916) 278-4433 to register.

All classes are open to the public.