COLUMBUS (PRESS RELEASE) - State Representatives Cheryl Grossman (R-Grove City) and Tom Letson (D-Warren) today held a press conference to discuss House Bill 580, a piece of recently introduced legislation that would require high school students to complete a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) course as part of the school’s curriculum.

Under the legislation, students would have to complete a first aid course in order to graduate. The course would include instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an automated external defibrillator.

Rep. Grossman said, “There are now 16 states that have enacted similar legislation, and when they are done, there will be one million students that will be trained. I want Ohio to be the 17th state.”

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), almost 424,000 people suffer from sudden cardiac arrests, of which only 10.4 percent survive. This is most likely because they do not receive CPR that is correctly applied in a timely manner. By teaching students CPR, thousands of lives could be saved when an EMT or other health professional is not present.

Joining the press conference were members from the AHA, which fully supports House Bill 580, and Denny Powell from Miami Township Fire Department, who currently helps teach similar courses on a voluntary basis. The legislation now awaits a committee designation.