State Senator Cleo Fields has made it a goal to have AEDs in every educational institution in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – As Statistics indicate this US high school students continue to suffer from sudden cardiac events, a Louisiana lawmaker is supporting a bill requiring schools to have a defibrillator on hand.

“We are talking about fire safety. But I think we should also be talking about cardiac emergency response,” said Michelle Temple, co-founder of Gray’s Army Foundation.

Temple lost her son, Grayson “Gray” Lane Temple, to cardiac arrest. He was a high school athlete and only 16 years old.

“He had played many years before. Always passed the exam. He was a very healthy kid,” she continued.

Now, through the Gray’s Army Foundation, Temple is raising awareness of how three minutes can save someone’s life.

The foundation teaches people how to perform manual CPR. But if CPR doesn’t work, a device called an automated external defibrillator can be used. It’s a machine that can revive someone after a sudden cardiac arrest.

“You know, someone as young as a fourth grader can learn how to use one,” Temple said.

Now a senator is committed to stopping sudden cardiac deaths in students. He does this by creating a law.

State Senator Cleo Fields has pre-tabled a bill that would require schools from kindergarten through college to have an AED and someone trained to use it.

“In 2016. I think it was a representative of Pierre’s who originally introduced a bill, which was the right thing to do at the time. This takes a more advanced step and picks up where it left off,” he said.

Having an AED likely increases a patient’s chances of survival, and Senator Fields’ new bill requires all educational institutions to have one.

“It’s about saving lives. I mean, at the end of the day, you know what’s the cost of a life? And it’s better to have it than not have it,” he said.

Field added that he will be partnering with health officials to implement rules and regulations that will ensure devices are in working condition.

Senator Fields says we can expect the bill to be introduced early during the April legislature. State Senator Cleo Fields has made it a goal to have AEDs in every educational institution in Louisiana

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