Thanks to Governor Beverly Perdue, starting in 2015, students attending a North Carolina high school will be required to learn CPR and the Heimlich maneuver prior to receiving their diplomas. Credited as a way to save lives, Perdue also signed into law a bill that requires students to show proficiency in cardiopulmonary resuscitation before graduating. And while CPR training has been required for graduation since 1997, it has never been enforced. The governor's office says North Carolina is one of only five states with the requirement. In addition to the high school requirements, the Governor also signed into law a bill that requires at least one automatic external defibrillator unit in every state building and that employees must receive training to be able to use them in the event of an emergency.