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Aiken Woman's Club members learn CPR


By Krystin Merriweather; Aiken Standard (Aiken SC)

When the difference is between life and death, members of the Aiken Woman's Club want to be sure they are able to make every second count.

A group of 10 members gathered at the Aiken County American Red Cross and in about four hours the 10 ladies were certified to perform CPR in the case of an emergency.

"When the ladies complete this course, they will be certified in adult CPR and AED (automated external defibrillator)," according to Carolyn Heffner, course instructor and club member.

The Aiken Woman's Club recently received a grant from the national General Federation of Women's Clubs that was given out to all branches across the United States for health projects.

"We chose to use our (grant) to offer the women a CPR course," said Darlene Rittel, club chair.

She said their members are leaders in a lot of things in the community and there is potential to encounter someone in need of life-saving techniques.

"If we spend a few minutes here and could save a life later, it was worth it," Rittel added.

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