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Congresswoman Sutton Leads National Effort to Place Life-Saving AEDs in America's Schools
Date:2/12/2008

Press Conference to Outline Campaign to Build Awareness for H.R. 4926, The

Josh Miller HEARTS Act

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Thursday, February 14, Congresswoman Betty Sutton will hold a press conference with a coalition of Members of Congress, family members, medical professionals and advocacy organizations to build support for H.R. 4926, the Josh Miller HEARTS Act. This legislation will establish a federal grant program to ensure every elementary and secondary school in the United States can obtain lifesaving automated external defibrillators (AEDs).

The press conference will be held on Thursday, February 14 at 2 p.m. in the Capitol, Room HC-8, Washington, DC.

The following individuals are expected to participate in the press conference:
-- Rep. Betty Sutton (D-OH)

-- Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA)

-- Rep. Randy Kuhl (R-NY)

-- Dr. Terry Gordon, the Akron General Medical Center cardiologist who

led the effort to bring AEDs into Ohio schools.

-- Ken and Jeri Miller from Barberton, Ohio, whose son Josh died of

sudden cardiac arrest. He was not shocked with an AED in time to save

his life. The legislation is named in his memory.

-- John and Karen Acompora from Northport, NY, whose son Louis died of

cardiac arrest during a lacrosse game. An AED was not available at

that game.

-- Leah Olvert, from Long Island, NY, whose life was saved with an AED in

her school.

Also attending will be representatives from the following organizations:

-- American Heart Association

-- American Red Cross

-- International Association of Firefighters

-- National Safety Council

H.R. 4926, the Josh Miller HEARTS Act (Helping Everyone Access Responsive Treatment in Schools) is named in memory of a 15-year-old student from Barberton, Ohio, Sutton's hometown. Although he had
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