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Brenden Schmidy, 12, practices hands-only CPR at CPR Saturday at the Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark in Billings in 2012

CPR Saturday will offer free CPR training classes on Feb. 17 at the Mansfield Health Education Center, 2900 12th Ave. N., Suite 30W. Classes will be offered throughout the day between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., with the last class starting at 11 a.m. Certification courses will take place at 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. for a $50 fee.

CPR is an emergency lifesaving procedure used to revive someone who has stopped breathing or whose heart has ceased functioning. Between 75 and 80 percent of all sudden cardiac arrests happen at home, so being trained to perform CPR can mean the difference between life and death for a loved one.

Sudden cardiac arrest results in the deaths of more than 650 adults and children each day in the United States.

CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or even triple a victim’s chance of survival.

Survival of sudden cardiac arrest can be as high as 90 percent if treatment is administered within 4 to 6 minutes of the arrest.

This training is sponsored by local health care organizations and emergency response agencies.

To learn CPR, register for the class at or by calling 255-8440.