CPR saves Sheboygan boy after near-drowning

Posted at 7:09 PM, Feb 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-17 23:14:38-05

It was a terrifying Valentine's Sunday for one family in Sheboygan County when a 10-year-old boy nearly drowned.

Bystanders knew CPR, and that saved his life. It's the reason Milwaukee County is working to teach more people CPR.

Right now in Milwaukee County, 10 to 20 percent of bystanders would jump in to a situation to give CPR, while the national average is 46 percent.

North Shore Fire and Rescue Lieutenant Dan Tyk said that's a problem they're working on.

"Those first minutes when somebody goes down and suffers a cardiac arrest is crucial," he said.

So, they're starting with CPR training.

"Just providing compressions in that first 5 to 10 minutes until first responders arrive is adequate,"  said Tyk.

Starting Monday, you can go to any Milwaukee County fire station to pick up a kit, with a DVD, mannequin, AED trainer and a defibrillator trainer.

Here is more information from North Shore Fire and Rescue.