U.S. House Approves School AED Legislation
On June 9, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4926, the Josh Miller HEARTS (Helping Everyone Access Responsive Treatment in Schools) Act.
The Josh Miller HEARTS Act will establish a grant program through the Department of Education that will provide schools with funds for lifesaving AEDs and AED/CPR training. The legislation is modeled on the successful School AED Program recently completed in the state of Ohio, which has already saved 13 lives.
H.R. 4926 is named in memory of Josh Miller, a 15-year-old student from Barberton, Ohio. Josh suffered a sudden cardiac arrest during the final game of the 2000 Barberton High School football season, but by the time his heart was shocked with an AED, it was too late to save him. The Josh Miller HEARTS Act will help prevent such tragedies, said Rep. Betty Sutton (D-OH), who introduced the bill.
"H.R. 4926 bears Josh Miller's name, but it is truly in memory of all those who might have been saved, and in celebration of those who, because of this program, will have the opportunity to live to their fullest potential," Sutton said. "AEDs are the single most effective treatment for those suffering a sudden cardiac arrest. By ensuring that schools have access to these lifesaving devices, we can prevent needless deaths in communities across the country."