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Free CPR training for teens on Saturday at Kitsap Mall

Amanda Marley was one of 130 participants who took part in last year’s CPR Saturday at Kitsap Mall. Organizers are expecting 200 teens at this year’s event. - Tracey Cooper/file photo 2004
Amanda Marley was one of 130 participants who took part in last year’s CPR Saturday at Kitsap Mall. Organizers are expecting 200 teens at this year’s event.
— image credit: Tracey Cooper/file photo 2004

Besides doing some shopping this Saturday at Kitsap Mall, teens can learn how to save a life.

Students ages 12-18 are invited to attend CPR Saturday for Teens. The free event is being presented by the American Red Cross. Participants will learn a variety of life-saving skills including rescue breathing and CPR. And everyone who pre-registers for the event and successfully completes the two and a half-hour training will receive CPR certification.

“It’s real hands-on,” said Jackie Fojtik, youth services coordinator for the American Red Cross West Sound Service Center. “Students will learn the skills needed to save a life, if ever in a CPR situation.”

There are four session times to choose from 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m. After participants check in they will watch a 45-minute CPR video, followed by hands-on skills training with mannequins. The final part of the training is a written test.

“A lot of teens are looking to learn this skill, but the opportunity isn’t there for them so it’s nice to offer this,” Fojtik said. “It’s a great way to spend a Saturday. CPR also is a useful skill to have on a resume. Something that others may not have on theirs.”

This is the second year the American Red Cross is offering CPR Saturday for Teens. Last year about 150 students attended the event. This year organizers are hoping for a larger turnout of 200.

“The American Red Cross offers CPR Saturday for Teens as a way to let people know we have a youth program, a way for teens to learn how to save a life and most importantly to give an opportunity to teens to get training,” Fojtik said.

Sponsors for the event include Kitsap Mall, Silverdale Rotary, East Bremerton Rotary and Poulsbo Rotary and 1010 Graphx & Screen Printing. Cadets from the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Explorer Program will be helping out at the event.

“Everyone can learn how to save a life,” Fojtik said. “We want to encourage people to get training, especially at an early age.”

Pre-registration for the event is required. To register call (360) 478-7685 or send an e-mail to westsoundevents@seattleredcross.org.

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