Teen Helps Save Man

July 4, 2008 2:47:43 PM PDT
Derek Raschke, 18, had just completed a CPR-training course required at his high school in Newburyport, Massachusetts. While inside the store, another customer, 63-year-old Burt Carey collapsed.

Derek and his father sprung into action and performed CPR until EMS crews arrived.

Carey survived. He said his doctor said he had "sudden death syndrome." Now he and Derek's family are pushing to make CPR-classes mandatory for all high school students in the state

"I don't think I would have known what to do if I didn't have the class. You see CPR in the movies but the actual way to do it is a little bit different," Raschke said.

There are new recommendations this year, saying even if you're not sure what to do, just doing chest compressions for someone who has no pulse and is not breathing is better than doing nothing. Some schools the Delaware and Lehigh Vallies offer CPR but most do not require the class.