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Save-A-Life Saturday a hit at Farmers’ Market

ALPENA, Mich. — Saturday was all about safety and health at the Farmers’ Market.

MidMichigan health, the Alpena Fire Department, and the Lions Club all joined vendors at the Farmers’ Market for Save–A–Life Saturday.

The Fire Department offered tips for escaping a fire. Meanwhile, the Lions Club provided free vision screenings for kids.

MidMichigan laid out dummies for two–step CPR practice and gave AED demonstrations.

Midmichigan Educational Specialist Katie Torok said she was surprised by the number of people interested in further CPR training.

“[For] the hands-only training, we’ve probably had a couple dozen [people], actually. And we’ve had a few people sign up for classes. We have a sign-up sheet for anybody interested in taking a full class. They can do that to learn more skills and be able to help out in the community.” Kids also had the opportunity to take a look inside the ambulances and try the horn.

Torok said it helps kids feel less intimidated by emergencies.

“It helps people be familiar with them so it’s not something that’s scary when they come across them or when they’re helping during an emergency. So, there’s a lot of things to look at and view and put hands on. So, it’s very nice and oriented to everyone out there in our community.”

MidMichigan recently donated a roughly–$3,000 AED to the Farmers’ Market for emergency use.