Calhoun’s EMS Program to Conduct First “Save a Life” Day


The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program at Calhoun Community College will conduct its first ever “Save a Life” Day on Saturday, April 14, 2012, from 8:00 am – 12:30 pm, in the Kelley gymnasium located on the College’s Decatur campus.

According to event organizer and Calhoun EMS instructor Scott Throneberry, the goal of day is to provide CPR certification to 1000 people across the north Alabama area.  “We feel that it is imperative that everyone know how to correctly administer CPR; we never know when we might be in a situation where it may be needed,” commented Throneberry.

“Whether you are a parent, a caregiver for the elderly, or just need a refresher course, this hands-on training is for everyone,” Throneberry said.  He added that the training is in basic CPR and is not provided for licensure.

The event is free and open to the public. Those interested in participating are urged to pre-register by calling Throneberry at 256/306-2791 or by email at  Participants will have a choice of one of three 1 ½ hour sessions on a first come, first served basis.  Those taking part in the training will receive a certificate of completion.

Calhoun Paramedic program students will also be involved in a Service Learning project at Clements High School on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, to teach hands only CPR to all 6th and 7th grade students, their parents and teachers.   According to Throneberry, both the Save a Life Day and the Service Learning project are being conducted  in an effort to help spread the word about the American Heart Association’s new push for lay-person hands-only CPR.




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