CONYERS -- A former resident was able to save the life of a man who was struck by lightning at an out-of-state restaurant, thanks to the past CPR training he received in Rockdale County from Rockdale Medical Center.
Registered nurse and RMC educator Kathy Mattson facilitates the CPR training courses.
Mattson received a letter expressing gratitude to RMC and staff from the former resident about a year after teaching him the course. The former resident "got him back" and was able to revive the victim until emergency medical professionals arrived, Mattson said.
"It made him feel good," Mattson said, calling it probably her most rewarding experience.
Mattson said the local hospital has offered the training classes for at least the past 18 years that she has been there.
"It's been a community service that we've provided," Mattson said.
And who needs CPR training?
"Honestly, everyone. Because you never know where you're going to be where someone's going to need help," Mattson said. "They're going to know what do in an emergency when someone needs help."
That someone is not limited to a stranger. Mattson said you never know when it's going to be your family.
"You'll get to spend another Christmas with them," Mattson said.
Mattson finds the monthly course draws new parents, teachers, day care workers, fitness and aerobic instructors, lifeguards and various health care professionals.
"We have people who take it for a variety of reasons," Mattson said.
The four-hour course is held 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. the third Monday of every month.
"We do them after hours so people who work all day can attend," Mattson said.
A basic life support class for the general public and a separate class for health care providers are available.
Health care providers learn how to use AED and are required to take a written test after the training in order to be certified.
Everyone who completes the course receives an American Heart Association certification card.
The next CPR training is Jan. 18, but prior registration is required. The registration fee is $40.
For more information, call 770-918-3416.