Teen's Death Prompts AEDs in Schools

More than 400 students at Akron High School are equipped with life-saving training, following the loss of a fellow student. Now, the goal is to make that happen in schools statewide.

Two years ago, Emily Rose Adamczak was at a local soccer practice, when she collapsed. Doctors didn’t know it beforehand, but Emily had a serious medical condition that caused sudden cardiac arrest.

Emily didn’t receive CPR for five minutes after she collapsed, and her family and friends always wonder if her life could have been saved.

Since that day, Emily’s mother Annette has made it her mission to get more people trained in CPR. She worked with Rural Metro, the local fire departments, and other organizations to do community CPR training sessions.

Then, Annette set her sights on the high school. With the wholehearted support of the principal, she worked with the American Heart Association, Rural Metro and others to train every high school student in CPR and how to operate an automated external defibrillator or AED.

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