NEW YORK MILLS, NY (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – The life-saving actions performed on Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin after experiencing some sort of cardiac emergency showed the importance of knowing CPR. Experts say when an individual is going through cardiac arrest, their chances of survival drop 10% every minute that you wait for an emergency squad. If bystanders are trained in CPR, it could save a life.

“The first thing that you should know is check for has something life threatening going on did they fall and hit their head? Then begin CPR,” said Ricky Coffin, Partner at The American Red Cross

Ricky says to give 30 chest compressions, then two rescue breaths and repeat the cycle. The next step is using an Automated External Defibrillator, known as an AED. Experts say having this on-site at a sporting event is crucial in the process of helping someone going through a medical emergency.

“What you do is you turn it on follow the prompts. Defibrillation restarts the heart it stops it so it can restart at a normal rythm,” said Coffin.

If you are looking to get CPR certified there are classes held at the Utica Red Cross Headquarters in New York Mills. Head to Redcross.org to sign up.