Gov. Walker signs bill at Wausau West requiring school CPR training

Published: Apr. 26, 2016 at 4:04 PM CDT
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Wisconsin schools will be required to provide CPR training in every health course between seventh grade and 12th grade under a bill Gov. Scott Walker signed Tuesday.

Under current law, all public, charter and private schools must offer high school students instruction in CPR and external defibrillators. The Republican bill requires all schools to offer that training in any health class from grades seven through 12.

According to the American Heart Association, 26 states require CPR training to graduate.

"Our hope is that by signing this bill publicly and getting the word out, we will encourage people to get out and learn CPR even beyond what will be taught in schools," said Governor Scott Walker.

The three boy that saved Dan Christianson's life last year, after he went into cardiac arrest in the park was at the bill signing. They said this skill is important to have, because it could give someone who needs CPR the chance to be with their loved one again.

"Anyone could do what we did, because they have the skills to do so," said one of the boys Ethan Kariger.

This bill will go into effect this upcoming fall.