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Jeffery Hall, Jr., Tennessee

by Denise C. on Monday, July 8, 2013

Jeffery Hall, Jr.,Tennessee

Jeffery never knew the impact sitting in a CPR class would have.  Just like geometry, the Cookeville High School student might have wondered how the skills and formulas he learned would ever be applied in the real world.  On July 26, 2011 he used his CPR skills to save his three-year-old brother, Skyler, from a near drowning.

Skyler had been playing in the pool.  His mother turned her back for a couple minutes to answer a call and when she came back her young son was drowning.  Hearing his mother’s screams, Jeffrey ran to see what had happened.  Once he saw Skylar he immediately started performing CPR as he was taught in school, five to eight reps and two breaths.  

Thanks to a forward-thinking program that began in 2001, more than 12,700 citizens in Putnam County are trained in CPR.  A large portion of those were trained in area high schools through a program that requires CPR and automated external defibrillator (AED) training during sophomore and senior years at Cookeville, Upperman and Monterey High Schools. 

In 2012, the American Heart Association helped pass “The Carmen Burnette Act of 2012”, legislation that requires hands-only training statewide to graduate.  Proof of its importance lies within Skyler Hall, whose lifeless body was pulled from the bottom of the family pool and resuscitated by his quick thinking 16-year-old brother who calmly told their mother, "Mom, lay him down. I know what to do!"

Photo courtesy of Karen Hall. Pictured are Jeffery Hall, Jr. with his brother, Skyler.