We’ve just learned that Virginia Governor McDonnell has signed a law mandating that (staring with the freshman class of 2016) all high school students in Virginia will be trained in CPR before they graduate! The bill also requires all teachers in Virginia to be trained in CPR as a condition of their licensure.
The legislation, Gwyneth’s Law, was named for 13-year old Gwyneth Griffin, who died in July 2012 after suffering a cardiac arrest at school. Her parents, Joel and Jennifer Griffin, were tireless advocates and worked side-by-side with AHA staff to advance this legislation. Knowing that CPR could have saved her life, the Griffins made it their mission to empower Virginians to save lives for generations to come. Gwyneth’s Law will add approximately 80,000 CPR trained rescuers across Virginia every year. The AHA team was honored to help them create a legacy for Gwyneth and to help prevent other parents from suffering the same tragedy.
Special thanks and congratulations go out to our Advocacy staff leads Government Relations Director Chris Ramos and Grassroots Director Keltcie Delamarand, the whole Virginia staff, the volunteer team and legislative champions Del. Mark Dudenhefer and Sen. Richard Stuart for their hard work to achieve this incredible success. We’re one step closer to achieving our goal of having every student trained in lifesaving CPR before graduation!