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By David Knopf/Richmond News
Just 28 of Richmond Public Schools’ 160 employees have taken advantage of voluntary training in life-saving techniques, including use of a defibrillator, district administrators say.
Ray County Ambulance has offered instruction before school opens in the fall, the administrators say, but it’s been voluntary.
School employees who attended the class received hands-on instruction in how to administer CPR and use the defibrillators that are in each of the district’s four schools.
Defibrillators became an issue for the district Jan. 2 when an employee, Richmond Middle School custodian Mike Payne, went into cardiac arrest while shoveling snow in frigid conditions in front of the building.
The school has a defibrillator, but it wasn’t used in the 10 minutes or so before an ambulance arrived.
Payne fell to the pavement, struck his head and lost consciousness, and his heart stopped functioning. A custodian who was working with him called 911.