By Jackie Kioussis
For the past few months, junior Katie Foley has worked as an EMT in her home town after she passed the certification test.
Now she’s helping other students learn life-saving techniques.
“A lot of times when I’m working and we show up on scene to emergencies there are people here who are able bodied and easily could have helped. There’s people there who could’ve helped but didn’t, and I wanted to raise awareness of what to do in those situations,” she said.
Foley instructs three different levels of classes on different days of the week, and she posts the schedule on the Stonehill Facebook page every week.
Foley is an EMT so she already possessed her CPR certification. She took a class provided by the American Heart Association to become an instructor of CPR.
“There are definitely a lot of people who are interested, but they also say they will take it later in the year. There is a lot of interest from healthcare administrative majors and other science majors,” Foley said.
Foley said students seem to enjoy learning about CPR and noticed most of her students have taken a CPR course in high school, but they do not remember everything from it. She urges students to take CPR again, because it is good to refresh their memories.
“I like instructing for the top level of certification. I like to teach people how to give Narcan [the drug that reverses heroin overdose]. It’s a good skill for people to know. You can literally go to CVS and buy it. I think it is important for people to have this skill because you never know when you will need it,” Foley said.