We love learning about young people with the presence of mind and the courage to respond in an emergency. For 12-year-old Ted Featherstone of Stafford, Virginia, that moment of decision in September of this year meant a second chance at life for his Dad.
You can see the Washington, DC FOX 5 affiliate WTTG story video here:
As the story points out, Ted learned CPR at a summer camp for his Boy Scout troop and, although he admits he was nervous, he did what he needed to do for his father. It’s a beautiful example of the Boy Scout motto “Be Prepared.”
Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, YMCA community classes—these are great venues to teach young people the simple lifesaving skills of CPR. More and more of these groups, as well as school districts around the country, are offering full-certification or compression-only courses. We hope this early introduction to CPR means a lifetime of interest in the technique and that many of these kids will be inspired to keep their skills up to date.
And even though Ted Featherstone asks that we not think of him as a hero, we happily admit that, well, we just have to.
Great job, Ted!
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