When she’s not busy saving lives with Erath County, Dublin and Hood County EMS; Kiela Whitten is teaching others how to do so with her group and individual CPR/emergency situation courses.

“I always tell people that 75 to 80 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen at home, so it isn’t just an emergency you run into at the hospital, it can happen anywhere,” Whitten said. “It’s heartbreaking when you show up and see that helpless moment when the person didn’t know what to do after calling 911.”

Whitten offers three classes: a basic CPR/AED (Automated External Defibrillator) course for $35; a CPR and other emergency situations course for seizures, strokes, heartattacks, EpiPen administrations and snake bites for $55; and a advanced course for healthcare providers and healthcare students for $50.

“Everyone should know this stuff,” Whitten said. “These are things that may change the outcome for a person, like knowing how to apply a tourniquet. Knowing how to do that could be the difference between life and death.”

Whitten offers these courses at least once a month in Stephenville, and surrounding areas, and has a Facebook page — CPR Instructor Kiela Whitten — where the public can see when the next class is.

“There are also group rates available where the cost would go down,” she said. "A card is issued to them at the end of class and it's a two-year certification."

The Stephenville Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting for Whitten’s classes from 4:30-5 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, in the chamber lobby.

To register for a course, call Whitten at 254-592-3612 or email her at kw_whitten90@yahoo.com.