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US naval corpsman instructs locals on first aid

Date Posted: 2001-12-20

Michael Angel, a civilian teacher at a local juku (a special school reinforcing basic subjects that is attended by both youngsters and adults), was recently amazed by how little both young adult and adult students know about basic first aid. His shock at this state of affairs prompted a decision on his part to try and remedy the situation. Angel called the U.S. Naval Hospital on Camp Lester on Nov. 20 to find out how to arrange for an emergency medical technician (EMT) to visit the school and give a class on basic first aid.

"I spoke to HN Gilbert Stone, briefly telling him what I wanted to do, and surprisingly he volunteered on the spot to teach a class," says Angel. The two met at the Awase Meadows Golf Course parking lot on Dec. 4 and went to the school together. Once there, Stone changed into his uniform and sat through one of Angel's adult classes.

Finally, at 9:00 p.m., Stone began to teach his class. "Gil instructed one of the most professional classes in first aid I'd ever witnessed," says Angel. "Using one of our English/Japanese translators, he instructed the kids and adults on subjects like minor injuries, basic first aid, the order of treatment for people in duress, CPR, treating people in shock, heat exhaustion, heat shock and the Heimlich Maneuver."

Classes in first aid are offered at many local fire departments around the island, but the times and locations of these classes vary so it's advisable for local nationals to find out when they are held. The Naval Hospital on Camp Lester also holds similar courses. If you're interested in learning basic CPR, call for future dates and times.

"The importance of this knowledge cannot be overstated," says Angel. "In reality, the next victim, God forbid, could be a loved one, and I'm now positive that if any of my students come across an injured person, they'll be competent and able to properly assist the victim. My sincere thanks to HN Gilbert Stone, a 'Blue Jacket' who lives up to the motto, 'All gave some ... some gave all'."

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