Students at one Lynchburg school are learning a life-saving technique, in honor of a teacher who recently died.
E.C. Glass High School held an event Tuesday called "Rock the Beat." It's part of a nationwide effort by the American Heart Association to teach people about Hands Only CPR.
The technique doesn't involve any mouth-to-mouth breathing. It's recommended for teens and adults who collapse and need help, outside a hospital.
Students watched a video Tuesday to learn about the method.
"We hope students will learn that they can make a difference, that they can save a life, and that it's not that difficult to do," said Sandra Williams, an E.C. Glass High School teacher and organizer of Tuesday's effort.
"Rock the Beat" was held in memory of Suzette Quel, an E.C. Glass teacher who died from a sudden heart attack last fall. Students also created a banner to remember loved ones who have battled heart disease.
The initiative will continue Tuesday night, when the E.C. Glass boys and girls basketball teams play Heritage High School at home. T-shirts and other promotional items will be sold prior to and during the game to benefit the American Heart Association. Heart attack survivors and rescue personnel will be recognized by the school and the Lynchburg Fire Department.