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Heroic KHSD Student Saves Life

A remarkable Ridgeview High School (RHS) student and his younger sister were honored for saving their great-grandmother using CPR.


Darian Latchison is a junior at RHS and performed chest compressions when Irene Sample collapsed.  A representative from Union Bank, a local cardiologist, and the American Heart Association (AHA) celebrated the teens at a special event at Ridgeview High School on December 14th. Union Bank donated CPR training kits to RHS and AHA employees were on hand to train other students in the hands-only CPR technique. The crew from Hall Ambulance who responded to the emergency call at the Sample home was also in attendance to honor the quick thinking of the siblings.


     “It is so important for students to know this life-saving skill. Ninety percent of cardiac arrests happen at home. AHA research has shown that compressions alone are nearly as effective as full CPR at keeping oxygen pumping to the heart. It’s easy to learn and could truly save a life.” – Karla Adams, Business Development Director, AHA


Darian, his sister, and great-grandmother rode on the 2017 Rose Parade Float called “Keep the Beat Alive” sponsored by Union Bank and the AHA with others who have saved lives using CPR across the United States. The Rose Parade took place Monday, January 2, 2017.