Dozens of fifth graders at Springfield’s William DeBerry Elementary School spent part of Monday afternoon learning “compression-only CPR” from American Medical Response EMT’s.

Being 11 and 12-years-old is not too young to recognize the value of these emergency skills that could save a life.

“To me it feels really exciting. to learn something new, at the same time. ‘Cause you don’t know what to expect,” said 5th grader Shakira Montesdeoca.

By contacting and working with the schools, American Medical Response hopes to train more young people to make a difference during the precious minutes that could mean the difference between life or death for a stricken victim.

Jason Nelson, an EMT, told 22News, “Really, really important that you start the process while we’re on the way. We’ve been finding early CPR has really, really been saving lives.”

The occasion for this life saving elementary school training is the observance of National Emergency Medical Services week.

AMR’s EMT’s feel the more people of all ages skilled in compression only CPR, the more time they can buy, people at risk, before the ambulance arrives.