REED CITY — When it comes to saving a life, having a quick response could make all the difference.

High school students across the state are learning the basics of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). To help with these lessons, Ferris State University students stopped at Reed City High School on Monday, April 9, to work one-on-one with students.

“CPR is a great skill for anyone to have because it can save a life,” said Mary Underhill, school nurse. “It is a requirement of the state that students be certified in CPR and have practice with psychomotor skills.”

As part of the lesson, students watched an American Heart Association video, then met in the gymnasium where they broke into small groups to practice compressions on a manikin. Ferris students showed the high-schoolers how to properly hold their hands while administering CPR, then walked their younger peers through the steps of using an AED.