Even though they live in Kansas City, BridgePointe residents can participate in free two-hour, hands-on lifesaving classes offered by the City of Gladstone.  They start at 6pm on the third Thursday of every month at Fire Station 2 (near Hobby Lobby) at 6569 N. Antioch.  Patrick Farrens, of the Fire/EMS Division of Gladstone’s Department of Public Safety, teaches the classes about cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) of adults, children and infants.

Students must be at least eight years old and, if younger than 16 years old, must be accompanied by someone at least 17 years old.  While useful, the free classes are not certified by the American Red Cross and does not meet the standards required for health-care providers.

Register by contacting PatrickF@gladstone.mo.us, or completing a form on-line at http://www.gladstone.mo.us/PublicSafety/training.php.

After Vada Shields’ husband, Allen, died suddenly in November, she and Mary Jacobi mentioned at the homes association’s annual meeting that wanted to find a way for BridgePointe neighbors to learn CPR, so they contacted the City of Gladstone.