ARMONK – Byram Hills High School senior Eric Grossman realized how important cardiopulmonary resuscitation is when his seven-year-old brother passed out at home and no one knew what do to except to call 911.
His little brother turned out to be fine, but Grossman remembered that scary feeling of helplessness.
So Grossman helped organize courses so that kids in grade school could learn the emergency CPR procedure used to help a person breathe.
Last year Grossman organized a CPR class at the Armonk fire house especially designed for kids in Kindergarten through fifth grade.
Then recently in the spring, he helped conceive a similar course for students from fifth through eighth grade.
CPR is already taught to underclassmen in high school as part of the physical education curriculum.
“Why would such an important skill be taught just once in your life?” Said Grossman, who plans to attend Tufts University in the fall.
Grossman’s idea earned the support of the Byram Hills School District health advisory committee and the Byram Hills Education Foundation.
“Any way you look at it it’s a life skill, although one you hope you never have to use,” Byram Hills Athletic Director Mike Gulino said.