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New bill would require defibrillators at schools

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Another bill going through the state legislature would require schools to keep life-saving defibrillators on hand. The legislation hits close to home for one local school that knows all too well the difference it can make.

In December 2011, a Richland High School Student collapsed during lunch. Doctors said the student survived in part because teachers gave him shocks from a defibrillator.

However, it doesn't always turn out as well. Its estimated one student athlete dies every three days of cardiac arrest. The goal of Senate Bill 6562 is to cut down that number by requiring that high schools statewide have defibrillators standing by.

Richland High School Athletic Director Mike Edwards administered the device a few months ago, and thinks that all schools should be prepared. "You realize, why would you not buy this if it's going to save one kid. Hopefully we never have to use one again, but we have them just in case," said Edwards.

The bill was introduced to the Senate Early Learning Committee in the beginning of February. Meanwhile, all schools in the Richland District will be receiving defibilrilators.