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Tiburon Fire Chief Richard Pearce teaches Del Mar Middle School students Robert Placak, Dylan Kleinfeld and Alex Metz how to apply a tourniquet in a Nov. 29 class on how to stop bleeding and administer CPR.
Del Mar prepares for the worst


Seventh-graders at Del Mar Middle School spent their Nov. 29 physical-education classes learning how to administer hands-only CPR and stop traumatic blood loss, part of a national program to help bystanders respond to catastrophic events such as mass shootings.

The "Stop the Bleed" program, an initiative of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, was created in 2015, partly in response to the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that left 20 children and six adults dead. The aim is to train bystanders to act as first responders until emergency-services personnel can reach the scene.

Karrie Groves, a nurse who works as a program coordinator for Marin County Health and Human Services' Emergency Medical Services Agency, and personnel from the Tiburon Fire Protection District walked the students through the steps they should take if someone is injured and losing blood.

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Hear Del Mar students perform at winter concerts Dec. 11-14

Del Mar Middle School's music classes will ring in the holiday season with three free concerts in December.

Hear performances from the school's guitar class Dec. 11, the orchestra and band Dec. 13 and the Del Mar steel-drum band Dec. 14.

All concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Del Mar gym.
— Jeff Dempsey

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