Altman, Mayfield at Viera High School Today To Call for CPR Training at All High Schools
By Space Coast Daily // November 28, 2017
pushing statewide for the legislation
BREVARD COUNTY • VIERA, FLORIDA – Government and community leaders will be at Viera High Tuesday at 1 p.m. to discuss two CPR bills just filed by Sen. Debbie Mayfield and Rep. Thad Altman.
House Bill 795 and Senate Bill 996 mirror Brevard Public Schools’ new policy requiring CPR training prior to graduation, and goes further to include AED training. The goal is to make the requirement statewide.
Sen. Mayfield and Rep. Altman will take part in the event along with Lexi Sima, a Viera High student, and her father Shawn Sima. The Simas have been pushing statewide for the legislation.
Approximately two years ago, Lexi went into cardiac arrest at a gym and was revived by CPR and an AED. This prompted her father to become an advocate for implementing training at the high school level.
Brevard became the 11th district in Florida requiring the instruction for graduation. The training will be incorporated into mandatory health classes and will use kits provided by the American Heart Association. The kits include tools which teach CPR skills, AED use and choking relief.
Furthermore, Viera High’s student government association will be leading a grassroots effort to get a statewide resolution passed in December and will be mobilizing all the other SGA chapters throughout the state for phone-banking and meeting with their local legislators to support the bills.
The event will take place Tuesday at Viera High’s auditorium at 1 p.m. The school is located at 6103 Stadium Parkway in Viera.
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