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Murray County Emergency Medical Services Director Jim Gertsema has been the ambulance director since 1996 and an emergency medical technician since 1981. He hopes to have 50 percent of Murray County citizens certified in CPR by the end of 2009.

A CPR goal

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SLAYTON -- When he first voiced the idea out loud, he was told he was nuts, but that didn't stop Jim Gertsema from pressing forward.

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His goal? Getting 50 percent of Murray County citizens certified in CPR by the end of 2009.

"It will be a challenge," he admitted. "But it is doable."

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