IL Senate passes high school AED requirements

May 20, 2014

The Illinois Senate has approved legislation requiring Illinois high school students be trained to use an AED. The device can deliver a life-saving shock to someone having a heart attack.

Senator John Mulroe, a Democrat from Chicago, says the legislation was inspired by the death of a high school student in 2008. He says Lauren Laman was at dance practice when she suddenly collapsed.

"The teachers ran to her aide. Thirteen minutes later, she was gone. An AED, or an automated external defibrillator, was about 40 feet away, but it was never used."

Mulroe says more than half of Illinois schools already require AED training. Governor Pat Quinn says he will sign the training requirement into law.