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In Memory of Louis

by on Monday, March 31, 2014

Last week, Karen Acompora wrote to many of you about her son Louis, a victim of sudden cardiac arrest. Please read Karen’s note about Louis and join her in calling for Governor Cuomo to take a stand to support CPR in Schools…

Today marks 14 years since my son, Louis, played in his first high school lacrosse game. After blocking what appeared to be a routine shot with his chest, Louis collapsed on the field. The coaches and trainers rushed out and began CPR. Paramedics arrived almost 15 minutes after Louis’ collapse. They attempted defibrillation but were too late. Louis went into sudden cardiac arrest and passed away. He was 14 years old.

Sudden cardiac arrest can be scary – it can happen to anyone, at any time. That’s why we worked hard to pass Louis’ Law so that all schools in the state are equipped with AEDs. And 79 lives have been saved. But now it’s time to do more. CPR is the lifesaving solution. We need more people to learn this simple skill.

Here in New York, there is a bill that calls for students to learn CPR and AED instruction. And while 13 other states have adopted CPR in Schools laws, the bill has lingered in Albany. And Governor Cuomo hasn’t taken a position.

I’m urging Governor Cuomo to publicly support the adoption of CPR in Schools. Will you join me?

Given right away, CPR doubles or triples survival rates. It’s time for New York State to have more lifesavers in the community...Please join me to tell Governor Cuomo: It’s time for New York to be CPR smart.

Save a Life. Learn CPR.



Since this was printed, Louis’ Law has saved another life. We can do even more. Please join Karen and call for Governor Cuomo to support CPR in Schools.

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