Tag Archives: New Jersey AEDs

Andrew Ortega Foundation donates school AEDs

Four years ago Michelle Spencer lost her son, Andrew Ortega, a gifted student and athlete. The Rutherford, N.J., teenager died in his sleep, a victim of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Andrew was just 13. The family found out later that Andrew had lived with an undiagnosed heart condition (an enlarged heart) that put him at risk for SCA. Had anyone thought […]

AED legislation, awareness increases foundation’s reach in New Jersey

Back in March 2014; police in Newton, N.J., responded to a report than a man had been found in a high-rise apartment building, unconscious and with no pulse. The person who reported the incident began CPR, and officers arrived to take over within two minutes. They continued CPR and then pulled out their AED. The […]

New Jersey AED bills clear legislative committees

Janet’s Law, a bill to put automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in every school in New Jersey, has cleared committees in both the State Senate and the State Assembly. It will next go to a full vote of both houses. New Jersey student Janet Zilinski, 11, died in 2006 after collapsing from sudden cardiac arrest at […]

New Jersey teen dies; suffered cardiac arrest at baseball practice [VIDEO]

Sophomore Thomas Adams, 16, died after being hit in the chest by a pitched baseball. Adams, catcher for the Garfield High School team in Garfield, N.J., was wearing a chest protector when he was hit by the pitch. He went into cardiac arrest and later died at nearby St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center. It’s likely […]

An update on state AED legislation, Part 2

Editor’s Note: This is the second installment of our roundup about legislation concerning automated external defibrillators (AEDs) currently before state legislatures. You can read Part 1 here. Illinois AED legislation: HB 4661 (the Mass Transit Defibrillator bill), introduced by Representative Jack Franks in October, 2009, is before the House Committee on Government Operations. It would require that the Chicago Transportation Authority, the […]