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How CPR skills could soon save Texans money

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Texans who know CPR could soon be saving money.  (KTEN) Texans who know CPR could soon be saving money. (KTEN)

DENISON, Texas -- Are you CPR-certified? The Texas Legislature is considering a measure that would offer incentives to train for cardiopulmonary resuscitation skills.

"Anytime there's a medical emergency, the quicker someone can get treatment it increases their chance of survival," said Denison police spokesman Lt. Mike Eppler.

Specifically, House Bill 1078 would waive fees for two different kinds of licenses.

"I think it's a great idea," said  Dr. Rob Moody of Red River ER in Sherman. "Obtaining your BLS -- or your Basic Life Support certification -- it empowers you and gives you the ability to save a life."

If the bill passes, fees for a driver license ($16-$25) and for a handgun license ($40) would be waved with a current CPR certification. And getting CPR-certified is not difficult.

"What I recommend is the American Heart Association," Moody said. "It's backed by the most evidence-based medicine. It's what we typically use. There's multiple locations across the Texoma area."

The class can be done in a day, and typically takes four to six hours. It's inexpensive, usually $25 or less. But that knowledge could help you add years to someone else's life.

"We do see a lot of people that have been resuscitated by bystanders that actually would not have made it if somebody wasn't there to administer CPR right away," Moody said.

If the bill is enacted, it would become effective on September 1. To get your fees waived, you will have to submit your application for either license after that date.

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