Teen Who Used CPR to Save Boy’s Life Teaches Skill at Rio Linda High School

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RIO LINDA -- Students at Rio Linda High School got a special CPR lesson from a 13-year-old girl who saved a boy's life.

"My uncle is a cop, my grandma is a nurse and my grandpa is a firefighter," Skylar Berry said.

So maybe it was destiny that the girl would end up saving a life. It was all thanks to a simple skill she learned at Sac Metro Fire camp when she was 11.

"It was a lot of fun. We learned all kinds of things, including hands-on only CPR," Berry said.

It came in handy two months after camp, at a pool party.

"My friends were all hanging out, and I realized my friend was at the bottom of the pool," Berry said.

She immediately told an adult to call 911, and did chest compressions for several minutes.

Paramedics took the boy to the hospital. He lived.

Her story inspired the American Heart Association.

"You can never start too early to teach children you can give back, and take care of others," Debra Taylor of Union Bank said.

This September, Gov. Jerry Brown AB 1719, a law that requires CPR training for most California High School Students. That law does not go into effect until 2018, but some Rio Linda High School students are getting a head start.

Union Bank and the American Heart Association donated three "CPR in Schools" training kits to Rio Linda High School, the campus Berry will attend next fall. They also held a seminar for students interested in CPR, so if the time comes, they will be ready.

"I would feel confident about it. If someone asked if anyone knew CPR, that I would be able to step in, say, 'Yes, I do,' and I can help out," Rio Linda Senior Avery Shelton said.

Union Bank also announced that Skylar is one of the 15 key life savers chosen to represent the American Heart Association at the 2017 Rose Bowl Parade.

"We are extraordinarily proud to have her on it. Being young, and able to do it. Really helps all of us think, 'what can we do?'" Taylor said.

That's a question Berry already knows the answer to.

"I want to be a paramedic," Berry said.