Lobbying for CPR training in school

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Story Updated: Apr 16, 2013

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Last year, Steve Sperbeck arrived to work at Empire Recycling just as his co-worker was having a heart attack. Sperbeck, who is a former fire chief, started CPR right away and was able to save his friend's life.

On Tuesday, the local hero is headed to Lobby Day in Albany where he will join members of the American Heart Association to lobby for hands-on CPR training in high schools.

"Just imagine what could happen if the whole next generation coming out of high school knows CPR," Sperbeck said. "The people's lives that could be changed because of this are huge."

The proposed legislation will make it mandatory for high school students to learn basic CPR skills such as how to use an emergency defibrillator.

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