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About Us

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We are a multi-talented center with a unique team that provides the very best in life saving training and life saving supplies.

CLST - Katie and JR


Years Experience

40.000 +

Hours Of Classes Given

Welcome to CLST


Since 2001, we have been teaching the general public as well as professionals including healthcare workers, firemen, and police officers life saving training.  With over 800 instructors taught, 40,000 hours of classes given, and over 200,000 students, CLST takes pride in being the leading local center in the forefront of life saving training and innovative medical products. 


Instructors Trained Both Local And Nationwide

200.000 +

Students Taught


23 years ago I founded CLST

After watching my father lose his life in 1969 because no one was trained in CPR, I decided to become a paramedic and help save lives.

 In 2001, I started CLST with the goal of teaching thousands of people how to save a life.”


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Meet our Team 

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J R Dietl

President / CEO, Master Trainer

J R Dietl is a Retired Nationally Registered Paramedic that has been training both the Medical Professional and the lay Rescuer in Pre-hospital care medicine for over 40 years.

He is a Master Trainer, Training Center Coordinator, Regional Faculty and also served as advisory for the International Emergency Care and Safety Institute.


Currently he serves on the Advocacy Committee for the American Heart Association. His past student base has consisted of everyone from lay rescuers up to the U S Marshall and Attorney Generals office. He was involved in the development of Hands Free pads for defibrillators and various other EMS products. 


Katie Koetting

Business and Marketing Development Director

Katie Koetting is the Director of Business Development at CLST.  She is also a CLST instructor and is certified to teach CPR, AED, First Aid, and Stop the Bleed.

She has her Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health Education from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville and over 16 years of experience in the Public Health field. 




Katie Koetting

Stephen Clayton

Director of Training

Stephen Clayton is a 32 year veteran of the fire service, 29 of those years as an EMT/Paramedic.


He is an Illinois certified Firefighter 111, Illinois certified Fire Instructor 11, Illinois certified Lead Instructor, member of the National Association of Emergency Medical Service Instructors, and a CPR, First Aid, and Stop the Bleed Instructor.


Stephen is also certified in ACLS, ITLS, PALS/PEPP and a Captain at the Fire Department in Highland, Illinois. 


Stephen Clayton

Veronica Sena

Education and Logistics Director

Veronica Sena is a 20 year U.S. Air Force Retired EMT and First Aid Instructor. 

She is a U.S. Air Force certified Tactical Combat Casualty Care, Combat Life Saving, Moulage, and Emergency Medical Technician Instructor.  Currently she is also a CLST Instructor teaching BLS, CPR, First Aid, and Stop the Bleed.


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What People Say About CLST

“I have 30 years in the fire service and have never found anyone more knowledgeable about the science of CPR than JR.  Learning here is interesting and fun.” 

- Steve Clayton, Highland, IL

 Paramedic and Firefighter


“I have taken classes many years with JR. He taught me so much.  As a nurse, it’s hard to impress me…and he does over and over again. Great instructor.

He knows all the guidelines and will teach you everything you need to know to save a life.”

- Amy Nicole, Nurse

JR was great! Very engaging and very patient with questions. Very informative class and a must for everyone. Not just for companies but for you and your family as well. Thank you again!

- Suzy Hopkins

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