Empower high schoolers to save lives

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sudden cardiac arrest can strike anyone at any time, and high schools certainly aren't off limits to the possibility.

That's more support for why a new Illinois law that requires high school students to be trained in CPR and AED use makes sense.

State Journal-Register readers on Sunday learned about PORTA High School's Nick Atterberry and a terrifying ordeal he, his family, coaches and teammates experienced this summer. On June 7, while playing with PORTA's basketball team in Monmouth College's Summer Shootout, the 17-year-old athlete's heart stopped working and he collapsed.

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