Thanks to the tireless efforts by and AHA volunteers and staff, we are pleased to announce that North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue signed House Bill 837 into law on July 26, 2012. The law requires all students to be trained in CPR as a graduation requirement and will take effect in the 2014-2015 school year.
At the signing, Governor Perdue underscored her enthusiastic support for the bill saying, “I can think of nothing that we’ve done this year that has any more profound and long lasting effects on the health and wellness and survivability in North Carolina from any kind of heart attack or incident.”
The law will ensure that high schools students become proficient in CPR and subsequently, will be able to save a life if the need for lifesaving assistance arises. Representative Becky Carney, who was herself the recipient of CPR from a trained bystander CPR, added, “Providing our youth with the power and confidence to save a life when it matters most maybe the most valuable lesson a student can learn.”
To make sure that the program is properly implemented in schools, the North Carolina Board of Education will work with the AHA and other affiliated national organizations. Last year alone, the AHA trained more than 12 million people in CPR worldwide.