AHA Remembers Burke Cobb

July 19, 2018, marked six years since the passing of Burke Cobb. The oldest of three boys, Burke played football, basketball, lacrosse and was a swim team member. With all that energy and activity, his mom, Marla Cobb, considered him perfectly healthy. His story has changed the health of Louisiana.


In 2012, the 14-year-old Dutchtown student collapsed and died while playing basketball in the school’s gym following football practice. The available AEDs were not accessible, and CPR was not initiated until paramedics arrived.

It was later determined that Cobb had an undiagnosed heart condition.

In 2014, with the help of Burke’s dad, Jim Cobb, the American Heart Association, and Representative Thomas Willmott, Louisiana enacted the Burke Cobb Act, becoming the 17th state to pass a law requiring all high school students to learn hands-only CPR as a graduation requirement. 

Learn more about CPR in Schools at yourethecure.org/Be_CPR_Smart.

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