Kadyn Sporrer
Kadyn Sporrer

June 21, 2019

Proceeds from a Sunday event to teach people to resuscitate someone who isn’t breathing or whose heart has stopped will benefit the family of Kadyn Sporrer, a 6-year-old Carroll boy who drowned this month at the Glidden Aquatic Center.

The CPR training is set to run from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Carroll Fire Station, 801 Bella Vista Drive.

A $25 donation to participate is suggested. Those who contribute $50 can get a two-year certification.

Leading the training is Blake Gray, a former emergency medical technician in Carroll who now is a patrol officer for the Iowa Department of Transportation.

“I hope we get as many people as we can, because 100 percent of the proceeds go to the family,” Gray said. “Any time something like this happens it’s going to stick with the (emergency) responders forever.”

Sporrer drowned about 5:20 p.m. June 8 at the Glidden pool. Numerous people attempted CPR to revive him.

Gray routinely hosts CPR classes in the area. He said even those who have already learned CPR should consider taking a class again because the techniques have evolved over time. CPR guidelines are updated every five years.