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Dad Collapses in Front Yard, 4th Grade Son Performs CPR Until Help Arrives

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Reading, writing, and arithmetic are certainly important. But one could argue life skills ought to be held as equally important in our schools.

In 2014, Successful Student, a website dedicated to “helping students find the right school and navigate their education,” featured an article entitled “20 Life Skills Not Taught in School.”

The article touched on skills such as cooking, dating relationships and even the Bible. First aid skills were also included on the list.

“Accidents can happen at just about any time,” the article reads. “…being equipped with the knowledge of first response is important to the health and potentially to the life of yourself and loved ones.”

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Some high schools offer life-skill-related electives. But what about elementary schools? How young is too young to learn basic first aid and CPR?

Hope Hersey, a wife and mother from New Hampshire, says she thinks CPR should be introduced in all schools beginning in kindergarten.

“I think every school should teach children CPR,” she shared in an interview with WCVB ABC 5. “…from kindergarten up.”

What prompted this woman to speak so strongly on the subject? An incident in her own front yard involving her husband, Mike, and 4th grade son, Landin Colson.

According to WCVB, Landin performed CPR on his father after he collapsed. Hersey ran to dial 911. In the meantime, Landin didn’t hesitate to use a skill he’d learned at Simonds Elementary School.

“I’m like, ‘Dad, stay with me,'” the quick-thinking boy told the news outlet. “I know it’s going to be OK.”

“You’re just going to go to the hospital,” the boy continued. “And I know you’re going to be better someday.”

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Thankfully, Landin was right as his father is reportedly expected to recover. As for Landin, he shared his dreams of becoming a first responder one day. “I think I’m a hero,” he said. Can anyone argue with that?

“I have never seen this child as calm and cool and collected,” Hersey shared. “He was far more calm than I was.”

He’s a true hero and we can only guess how grateful his father is for his son’s life-saving actions. We wish him a full recovery from this ordeal.

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
Education
Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
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Arizona
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English
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