NEW YORK, NY- High school students in New York State are one step closer to learning CPR in the classroom.
A bill that would require the emergency training just passed the state senate.
On March 25th, 2000, Karen Acompora's 14 year-old son, Louis, was playing his first high school lacrosse game.
While protecting the goal, Louis was hit in the chest with a ball and collapsed on the field.
There was no defibrillator on hand.
By the time the ambulance got there, it was too late.
"Louis didn't even have a chance," explained Karen.
The Acompora family started a foundation in Louis' name.
Louis' Foundation would go on to implement "Louis' law", mandating all public schools in NY to have AEDs in the building and at every sporting event.
Since then, more than 80 lives have been saved.
"It was probably the proudest moments of our lives and John, my husband always says if it was one life then it's worth what we did. 80 lives that we know of it beyond what we can imagine," said Karen.
For the past eight years, Karen has been pushing for the passage of the "CPR in Schools Bill".
The legislation introduced by Senator Mark Grisanti, would require students to learn CPR before they graduate.
In a 30 minute class, students can learn how to operate an AED.
The board of regents would be responsible for implementing the training, and school districts would have to fund it.
"We need to have an army of bystanders to start CPR immediately because that will sustain someone and keep them alive," Karen explained.
Karen was in Albany last week pushing New York state legislators to vote on the bill before the session ends June 19th.
It passed the senate but has to be voted on by the assembly and approved by the governor before it can become law.
Karen says this would not only save more people, but let Louis' legacy live on.
"We are fortunate that Louis gave us a mission and something positive shows us tangible results. Lives can be saved," said Karen.
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