Aimed to prepare more Tennesseans to respond in emergency instances of sudden cardiac arrest, the American Heart Association urged the Tennessee General Assembly to add hands-on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training to the high school lifetime wellness school curriculum that already existed in the state.

After the hard work of staff and AHA volunteers, they succeeded! On April 18th Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed the “Carmen Burnette Act of 2012” into law. It was named after Ms. Carmen Burnette who recently passed away and was an EMT from Cookeville who played a pivotal role in a very successful CPR in Schools program in Putnam County, TN.

Congratulations to everyone in Tennessee!

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