Most people who experience cardiac arrest at home, work or in a public location die because they don't receive immediate CPR from someone on the scene. Every second counts and effective bystander CPR provided immediately after a sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim's chance of survival.
In 2010, 11-year-old Briana Ojeda suffered a severe asthma attack near her home in Brooklyn. Briana’s mother rushed her to the hospital but was stopped by a police officer on the way. That officer did not perform CPR because he said he did not feel qualified to do so. Briana died at the hospital shortly after.
Under “Briana’s Law,” NYPD officers and New York State Troopers would be required to undergo CPR training every 2 years. Police officers often encounter medical emergencies, and having the ability to perform CPR immediately until medical help arrives can mean the difference between life and death.
After several years of efforts, the bill for “Briana’s Law” has finally passed both the New York State Assembly and the New York State Senate, and has the support of the New York City Council. Now we need Governor Cuomo to sign this life-saving bill into law.
TAKE ACTION and let Governor Cuomo know that he should sign “Briana’s Law” because CPR-trained police officers will save lives!
Pictured: Briana's parents, Carmen and Michael Ojeda, on the steps of New York City Hall with Senator Jesse Hamilton, Assembly Member Felix Ortiz, Council Member Stephen Levin, and representatives from the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association.