Updated: 01/14/2014 12:21 PM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson
With Liz Lindgren, from left, are her CPR and health teacher Cory Davis, Blaine High School health teacher Jeff Richards, who led the district's effort to certify students in CPR, and School Board Member Bill Harvey.
Photo: Photo: Courtesy of Anoka-Hennepin
An Anoka-Hennepin student who became CPR certified in a school health class used her skills to save the life of a motorcyclist over the summer.
Liz Lindgren, a junior at Champlin Park High School, learned the life-saving skill last winter but never really expected to use it.
Until last summer.
According to the school district, Lindgren and her family were just outside of Red Wing this summer when they witnessed a “horrific” motorcycle accident. The motorcyclist reportedly changed lanes as the road curved and the bike’s muffler hit the ground, throwing the man into a cement bridge post and then onto the other side of the highway median. He was not wearing a helmet.
Lindgren’s sister reportedly called 911 while she started doing compressions on the man’s chest. He regained consciousness by the time the paramedics arrived.
According to the school district, more than 1,000 students were certified in CPR during the first year of the district’s program, which is run through ProTrainings. District students are introduced to CPR in sixth grade, refreshed in eighth grade, and given hands-on experience in 10th grade. They can then continue their education to become certified.