Safety Basics LLC
Our Teaching Team
CPR Instructors

Sara Defoe, RN, BSN

AHA BLS Instructor

Instructor for:  CPR classes

Background in mother baby nursing.  Works as a home health mother baby nurse and educator at Mercy Hospital St. Louis.  Mom of 3.

Elizabeth Harman RN, BSN

AHA BLS Instructor

Instructor for: CPR classes and Children's classes

Background working in adult ICU, surgery and recovery.

Mom of three.


Suzanne Kehder RN, BSN, EMT

AHA BLS Instructor

Instructor for:  CPR classes

Background working as an EMT, intensive care nursing, and urgent care.  Currently staff nurse at local university student health center.

Recently completed her BSN and working on a master's degree.  Mom of three.

Child Passenger Safety Technicians

Steve Tuley, Firefighter, Paramedic, CPST-I

Instructor for:  Child Passenger Safety Seat Checks

Works as a Firefighter in the Florissant Valley Fire District and experienced paramedic.

Safe Kids St. Louis volunteer and helps teach the National Child Passenger Safety Technician course.

Dad of 2.

Our goal is to provide quality child passenger safety education, CPR, AED, and First Aid training, children's safety classes and parenting education in the St. Louis metro area. Our teaching team are experienced instructors that  maintain their credentials and certifications to offer the highest quality and up to date instruction in our courses. We use interactive teaching methods to involve the student with hands on practice of skills.  Give us a call today and you'll find our personal service, attention detail and safety expertise can't be beat.


Debbie McCabe, Nurse Educator, Owner/Manager

RN, BSN, AHA BLS Instructor, CPST-Instructor

Instructor for:  Car Seat Classes and Car Seat Safety Check Appointments, CPR, AED, & First Aid classes, Children's classes, and Parenting classes

Credentials & Certifications

  • Active Parent Educator 1992-present-teach 1234 Parents & Active Parenting Now programs
  • American Heart Association Instructor  1992-present (renewed 7/2014)
  • Child Passenger Safety Technician Instructor 2005-present (renewed 12/2013)
  • Special Needs Car Seat Trained 2008
  • Registered Nurse in Missouri 1985-present
  • AHA Instructor Update 2010
  • AHA Midwest Emergency Cardiovascular Care Conference April 2015
  • Midwest Child Passenger Safety Conference Sept 2013
  • Kidz in Motion Conference attendee & speaker, National Child Passenger Safety Conference Aug 2011
  • 23 years Community Health Teaching experience



Practiced nursing in

  •  BJC outpatient physician office and Wash U Research program
  •  Mercy Hospital clinic
  •  Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital medical surgical pediatric unit for age 1-10 year
  •  Mercy Hospital  medical surgical pediatric unit for newborns-adolescents
  •  Mercy Hospital Pediatric Education Outreach Coordinator-implemented and taught community education programs
  • Mercy Hospital Basic Life Support Instructor-1992-present
  • Mom of 3 children
  • Safe Kids St. Louis volunteer and instructor for National Child Passenger Safety Technician Course since 2004
Our instructors all work actively as healthcare workers or first responders and share their experience and teaching expertise.
Julie Eldridge, Educator, Recreation Therapist
Child Passenger Safety Technician
AHA BLS Instructor
Teaches: Car Seat Classes and Car Seat Safety Check Appointments, CPR, AED, & First Aid classes & Children's classes
Sara DeFoe  Educator, RN, BSN
AHA BLS Instructor
Teaches CPR and First Aid classes

Suzanne Kehder Educator, RN, MSN
AHA BLS Instructor
Teaches CPR and First Aid classes
Cori Rehkemper Educator
Occupational Therapy Student at SLU
Teaches Childrens' classes
Sept 2013 Midwest Child Passenger Safety Conference in Council Bluffs, Iowa

July 2013 Senator Keaveny's Health Fair at People's Health Center

Booster Seat Distribution with Safe Kids St. Louis

Aug 2013 Infant CPR party
Presentation at KIDZ in Motion, National Child Passenger Safety Conference, Orlando Aug 2011
The Bump Event St Louis Aug 2011