American Red Cross offers lifesaving course Thursday


GREENVILLE – Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and there is nothing better than the smiling faces brought together by turkey, dressing and pumpkin pie. Besides the delicious food, though, Thanksgiving is a time time-honored tradition, like football and listening to crazy Uncle Frank’s embarrassing stories of everyone for the 20th time.

The problem is, crazy Uncle Frank does not like to stop laughing and telling his stories while eating, which can lead to a deadly combination—choking. If crazy Uncle Frank stops talking and begins to clutch his throat, would you know what to do?

The Red Cross may not be able to help the quality of Uncle Frank’s stories, but it can help teach you what to do if someone chokes on a piece of turkey or pumpkin pie—and that’s exactly what it will do during the adult and pediatric first aid, CPR and AED course offered in Greenville on Thursday, Nov. 10, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Darke County Chapter, 130 Martz St.

The course provides, literally, hands-on experience in addition to an animated pre-class learning component. Rather than the standard “read and take a multiple-choice quiz” formula, the Red Cross took a page from the Xbox and Wii generation and students now use an interactive, animated, virtual learning formula to teach the course basics.

The course also results in a two-year Red Cross certification and meets OSHA workplace requirements. The price for the course ranges from $55 to $85, depending on how many components to the course are chosen. Advanced registration is required. Signing up is easy—register online at—and then you can rest easy knowing you will be able to help Uncle Frank.

To out find more information, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit

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