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Vt. teen teaches CPR to 1,000 people

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A Vermont teen reached a big goal Wednesday; he trained his 1,000th person in CPR.

Tommy Watson, 15, saw an elderly man collapse and die from a heart attack two years ago. It sent him on a mission to train 100 people in hands-on CPR. After he reached 100 people, Watson knew he needed to think bigger. Wednesday he taught his 1,000th person at the Teen Center in Essex Junction.

"For a long time we were trying to figure out if we could do some famous person like an athlete or a celebrity being my number 1000th, but I thought it would be best just to be someone local because that's what it's all about, is just getting the general public to know what to do when they see an adult collapse. It's not about being at some fancy event and being number 1,000. It just tells me that I got to keep going and training more people," Watson said.

Watson says his next goal is to teach another 3,000 people CPR.

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