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UPDATE: The three CPR classes which fees were waived for have since filled up, according to the Recreation and Wellness Center.

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In the wake of a fellow Knight’s death following an on-campus medical call, UCF announced that it will waive fees for three upcoming CPR classes, according to the UCF Recreation and Wellness Center.

The classes, which are taught by the American Red Cross and held at the RWC, typically cost $19. UCF will not charge for the following three classes: Sept. 30, Oct. 8 and Oct. 13.

“UCF offers first aid classes throughout each semester, and students are encouraged to learn how to recognize and respond to medical emergencies,” a UCF Police Department press release stated.

The classes are designed to teach people how to perform CPR and use an automated external defibrillator, as well as how to control bleeding and take care of individuals having seizures and other sudden illnesses. American Red Cross certifications are valid for two years from the date of the course.

Students can sign up for other CPR classes throughout the year for $19 in the RWC Administration Office. Classes are held in the RWC wet classroom on the first floor.

The announcement comes after Michael Namey, an 18-year-old freshman studying software engineering, seized in his precalculus class Monday and died Tuesday at Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford.

Manny Orozco Ballestas, a UCF student and first responder who administered CPR to Namey, also wrote an open Facebook post urging the community to take the time to learn first aid.

“ … I plea to everyone out there, please go and familiarize yourselves with the basics of CPR/AED. Every single second counts, trust me. It could mean the difference between life and death,” Orozco Ballestas wrote.

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Danielle Hendrix is a News Editor for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @ByDaniHendrix or email her at DanielleH@CentralFloridaFuture.com.

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