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A&M-San Antonio hosts free CPR classes

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By Juan Garcia

The department of safety, risk and emergency management will sponsor two free Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) classes at Texas A&M-San Antonio at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. April 19 in Room 253 of Main Campus Building.

The classes will cover the basic procedures for CPR and teach participants how to properly use an automated external defibrillator, or AED, used in the prevention of cardiac arrest.  

“CPR training is important because it may take 5 to 10 minutes for the first responders to arrive on scene,” Damon Shodrock, director of safety, risk, and emergency management, said. “If a lay responder is trained in CPR and AED use, the chance of survival goes up significantly.”

The CPR classes will be presented by the Harper’s Embrace Lifesaver Program, or HELP, a non-profit organization comprised of volunteers and private donors whose goal is to teach life-saving skills to all members of the community.

Classes are open to all students and faculty who want to learn CPR but do not need a course completion card in CPR for their job.

Shodrock said that space within the classes is limited and that anyone interested in taking the classes should register by April 17 to secure a seat.

“Each class has a cap of 15 students,” Shodrock said in an email. “Currently there are only seven students signed up for the morning class.”

This is the second CPR class offered this semester. A previous CPR class was held on February 14.

To register for the class email Damon Shodrock at

About the Author

Juan Garcia
Juan Garcia
Juan Garcia is the Public Editor for The Mesquite. Previously, he reported on the growth and development of the University’s Student Government Association. A communication-journalism major with a minor in English, Juan is employed part-time as a student assistant to the Director of Campus Safety and Security at A&M-San Antonio. He is a 2001 Lytle High School graduate and attended Palo Alto College where he received associate’s degrees in English and liberal studies in 2007. Juan is the father of a 3-year-old daughter

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