Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in Taney County and having people trained to respond until medical help arrives can mean the difference between life and death. That is why one Bradleyville teacher is working to train others how to respond when the unthinkable happens.
“We are a rural community with delayed access from first responders and other emergency medical services, making this a crucial need for our citizens,” said Lisa Taylor, a Family and Consumer Sciences and Health teacher at Bradleyville High School.
Bradleyville is a small rural community in northeastern Taney County. The closest ambulance station is about 13 miles away in Forsyth and the next closest station more than 18 miles away.
In late 2017, Taylor and the Bradleyville School District received a $4,700 Skaggs Legacy Endowment grant from Skaggs Foundation to train and certify students and community members in CPR, AED and First Aid.
“This training should help prepare individuals to react in emergency situations they might encounter in the home, on the farm, along the highways, or in the community,” Taylor said.
It wasn’t until after she received the grant that she realized how truly important the training would be for her community as well as southwest Missouri. Taylor was able to quickly complete a necessary CPR class but her next step in order to offer the training proved to be more difficult.
“The instructor class was not being offered anywhere in the area,” she explained. “As I worked through all possible avenues trying to find training, I became even more aware of the fact that this lifesaving technique is not only unavailable in our rural area, but was not readily available in the whole southwest region of the state. I then realized that much more the importance of becoming an instructor and offering these classes.”
Taylor taught her first community class Dec. 17 and more classes are in the works. She has also added the certification of CPR, AED and First Aid to the required health course curriculum so all Bradleyville graduates will receive training.
Skaggs Legacy Endowment is a restricted endowment fund made possible by a generous gift from CoxHealth in 2013. Since that time, Skaggs Foundation has awarded more than $4.3 million to organizations working to improve lives in our area.
To learn how you can help make grants like this possible, visit SkaggsFoundation.org or call 417-348-8998.
To learn about upcoming community CPR, AED and First Aid classes in Bradleyville, email firstname.lastname@example.org.