Firefighters Take CPR to Heart, Launch Business to Train Others

By Alan Van Zandt |, Bridget Blevins |

Published 08/05 2014 09:24PM

Updated 08/06 2014 09:19AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) It's common to hear how important CPR training is, but three St. Joseph firefighters have taken that message to heart.

Not only do they use CPR on the job, but now they've made it their business to teach others.

"As firefighters, we do CPR a lot. And, we're sometimes under the gun to do CPR. And, myself, I wanted to know CPR so well that I didn't have to think about it. And, I thought, what better way to do CPR than to teach," said Shane Southard, firefighter.

That's why Southard, Jeramie Howery and Jeff Bridgman launched "Three Guys and a Dummy."

"We fell like that one of the most important things is for people to keep up on their certifications as well," said Howery.

The guys make it easy to learn and retain.

"This doesn't have to be boring, you know. You don't have to sit in a room for four hours and watch a video. We try to keep it upbeat and like I said, as well as being important, you'll have fun too," added Howery.

They've already helped certify more than 200 in St. Joseph. And, the courses have taught them how to be better at their jobs too.

"It makes a big difference if you just know what you're doing. You're not afraid to get involved if you know what you're doing. You're on stage. It's a scary situation. No matter how you look at it, it's going to be scary," said Southard. "You're going to be under the spotlight so to speak. Everybody's watching you to see if you're doing the right thing. And, if you know what you're doing, it's not hard."

The guys will even come to you for training to make sure you're prepared should the need arise.

"When everybody's there, everybody's ready, everybody knows CPR, it can be a great outcome," said Bridgman.

If you're interested in training, "Three Guys and a Dummy" can be reached by phone or email to set up a session. Call Southard at 816-341-4511 or email him at

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