CPR in Schools Bill Signed by W.Va. Governor

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin alongside American Heart Association staff and board members and CPR Heartsaver recipient Caleb Tisdale for a special bill signing event.

Gov. Tomblin signed the bill at a ceremony Wednesday afternoon at the state capitol.

The bill is called "CPR in Schools" and makes CPR training a graduation requirement for all West Virginia High School students.

The Governor also signed another bill, the "Shared Use" bill, which allows communities to work with schools about having them be open after hours for them community to use for exercise and activities.

This makes West Virginia the 21st state to pass a CPR bill.

Caleb Tisdale was on hand at the bill signing. Tisdale was given the AHA's Heartsaver Hero Award, due to his fast action and use of CPR that saved the life of a teenager who had been struck by lightning.

"This allows getting people trained so we the potential through this bill to save countless lives of West Virginians in the future," said Caleb Tisdale.

According to a news release, this will allow more people to learn how to perform CPR in an emergency situation and will give people the chance to access gyms or fitness centers who may not be able to otherwise.