Tuesday, February 19, 2008

USA Today Covers Representative Betty Sutton Working To Get Defibrillators in Schools

Representative Betty Sutton, D-OH13, had a great article in USA Today about her efforts to help get automated external defibrillators (AEDs)into every school so that they would be available to help heart attack victims who are stricken while at school or school functions. Representative Sutton is working with a grassroots activist group. Sutton became interested in this cause following the death of a Barberton high school student, Josh Miller, who died of a heart attack at a football game.

Representative Sutton has introduced a bill, HR4926, named after Josh. This bill would help get the defibrillators into the school systems. The people who came to lobby Congress included a father, John Acompora, whose son Louis died at a high school event. Because of Mr. Acompora's efforts, New York passed a bill that required defibrillators in every school. So far this law is responsible for 38 lives being saved. One of the people working with Mr. Acompora to lobby Congress on behalf of Representative Sutton's bill was the 25th New York high school student saved because of that state's law.

This is the kind of difference that people elect Democrats to make. Representative Sutton's legislation will make a real difference in people's lives.

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