Bennie Ryburn III and Nita McDaniel show CPR training units

Bennie Ryburn III, owner of Ryburn Automotive Superstore in Monticello, presented the Monticello Economic Commission with two Resusci Anne cardiopulmonary resuscitation training units which will be used in CPR training classes at the city’s Workforce Training Center. The CPR training units were provided by the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation and the Arkansas Automobile Dealers Association.

The CPR unit gives signals telling the trainee when he or she is applying the right amount of pressure in the right spot or breathing correctly into the victim’s mouth. With proper training, the trainee learns the “feel” of giving quick, lifesaving emergency treatment.

Ryburn, who is president of the Monticello Economic Development Commission which oversees the Workforce Training Center, said proper training in CPR can save a life.

“If the right kind of treatment can be given a heart attack victim within seconds after he or she is stricken, the chances are good that the life can be saved,” Ryburn said. “CPR training teaches a person how to keep the heart beating while professional help is coming.”

MEDC director Nita McDaniel said the Workforce Training Center plans to train at least 60 residents in CPR over the next year. The training includes three to five hours of intensive training and lectures.