Students share the benefits of being taught CPR/AED


DRYDEN — The Dryden High School Class of 2023 recently learned lifesaving skills while fulfilling a graduation requirement.

This year’s seniors completed the State of Michigan graduation requirement of instruction in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automatic External Defibrillator (AED).

The requirement began with the 2017-2018 school year. Beyond training, however, Dryden High School seniors were certified in Heartsaver CPR/AED, a skillset they can now renew every two years.

“Knowing that we have the ability to respond correctly if the situation arises is reassuring,” said DHS senior Marty Barker.

Fellow senior Dylan Ledford agreed.

“I thought the CPR training was great,” he said. “The teacher really explained everything well and didn’t miss any details. It was also fun and we learned a lot.”

The DHS students were taught by AHA Certified Instructor Denise Brewer and assistant Rachelle Lageski.

“Both instructors did a great job of explaining and making sure we understood the materials,” said senior Abbie Furneaux.

Senior classmate Lola Abromaitis also offered kudos to the instructors.

“Our instructors were very interactive, and helpful with any and all questions we had,” Lola added.

According to, Heartsaver® CPR AED is a video-based, instructor-led course that teaches adult and child CPR and AED use, infant CPR, and how to relieve choking in adults, children, and infants. This course teaches skills with the AHA’s research-proven practice-while-watching technique, which allows instructors to observe.

Tom Wearing started at the Tri-City Times in 1989, covering the Village of Capac as a beat reporter. He later served stints as assistant editor and editor. Today, he covers Imlay City and Almont as a staff writer. He enjoys music and plays drums and sings with various musical groups in the Detroit Metropolitan area.