Many people are required to take basic health courses for their jobs, like CPR and first aid. It’s unlikely they’ll ever need to use the training, but being prepared can make the difference between life and death. One Indiana teacher learned that firsthand when he found himself using his mandatory CPR training to save a man’s life.
Sean Green is a middle school teacher in Indiana. He was off the job when he visited Sahm Golf Course to enjoy a relaxing game of golf. He was awaiting his tee time when a man nearby dropped to the ground. Sean went over to see what was happening and found the man unresponsive. Sean shouted for someone to call 911, then realized his CPR training would be put to the test.
“I did chest compressions for probably about seven to eight minutes until the ambulance arrived,” Sean recalled to CBS4. Emergency responders continued to work on the man and were ultimately able to save him, thanks to Sean. “What I was told is if I had not been there for the first six or seven minutes, he would not be alive today.”
The American Red Cross stresses how just a few hours of CPR training can be enough to learn the skills to save a life. If you ask Sean, he’ll tell you it’s well worth it.
“It’s nice to know that he gets to see his grandchildren and his wife and the rest of his family a lot longer than he would have if perhaps I wasn’t there to do anything,” Sean said. “It’s an amazing feeling to have, but it’s also important to know that if I wasn’t CPR certified that would never have happened.”
Check out the video below to see Sean recall the life-changing moment.
Footage provided by WXIN Indianapolis