Gas Prices Impact East Texan Teaching CPR

He teaches East Texans how to save lives. But high gas prices may force him to quit. Ron Kasek has taught CPR in Tyler for more than a decade. He says he loves what he does, but like many East Texans, is struggling to pay for gas in the 2.70 range. The price he pays to commute could bring his teaching career to a halt.

Filling up his car is pushing Ron Kasek's budget to the limit.

"I usually put five to ten dollars in my tank. Depending on how low it is and when I do have the money I fill my tank up," says Ron.

He is retired and on a fixed income. He says gas costs now take up about half his money.

"My wife and I have to decide if we put gas in the car, pay for some of her prescriptions, or buy some food and with the rising price of gas it makes it kinda rough," says Ron.

So rough, in fact, that Ron is thinking about giving up something he loves...teaching CPR at the Tyler Red Cross.

"I have been teaching classes for about 16-17 years. Teaching people to save a life is the best payment that anyone can get. I'm not a glory hound but when someone says I knew what to do when my son or daughter or relative got sick. Then tell me I remembered what you taught me, to me that is a good feeling," says Ron.

A good feeling that may end, if prices continue to go up.

"There is no way that I will be able to come down here, round trip from my house to here. Its about 40 to 42 miles," says Ron.

For now, Ron is hoping gas prices come down soon. So he can continue to teach life saving skills. Ron says he has made some tune ups to help with his cars mileage, but it hasn't had much effect on how much he spends on gas.

Karolyn Davis, reporting.