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Bill could require students to take CPR before graduating

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A bill making its way through the legislature could make getting certified for CPR a law.

The bill would require all public school students in Michigan to receive CPR training before graduating high school.

"Right now, 360,000 people die every day without bystander CPR," said Denny McMahan, supporter of the bill.

McMahan wants to cut down that number. The retired Saginaw Township police officer testified before a house committee.

Lawmakers may make it a requirement that all students be provided instruction in CPR and automated external defibrillators before receiving a high school diploma beginning with the next school year.

Recently, McMahan's daughter saved a life because she knows CPR.

"My daughter, just a few weeks ago at Meijer, saved a 70-year-old man by doing CPR. It's about life," he said.

Tyler Menhart, a Grand Rapids teenager who saved his friend's life at an after-school soccer practice, also went before the committee. He's pushing for the new law.

"Because of that, my best friend is still here with us today and everything and he's still able to play soccer and everything and recently got all state for it," Menhart said.

The bill sponsor, Thomas Hooker, is confident his measure will become law soon.

"I think even the schools, the school boards, the principals will be behind it. It's a no-brainer when you think about saving a life," Hooker said.

The bill could move out of the committee and move to the full house next week.

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