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DeSantis signs bill requiring all FL high schoolers learn CPR

1-hr of training required for 9th and 11th graders
Posted at 10:02 AM, Jun 22, 2021

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Governor Ron DeSantis signed the First Aid Training in Public Schools bill into law, which aims to help teenagers save lives.

The law requires Florida school districts to give students training in CPR and show them how to use an AED or Automated External Defibrillator if the school district has the necessary equipment.

Schools will be required to teach a one-hour course in ninth grade and eleventh grade, and also encouraged to start in sixth grade and eighth grade if possible.

A local man helped make the law become reality. Ed Kosiec went into cardiac arrest at a Boynton Beach restaurant two years ago and says a teenager helped save his life with CPR until first responders arrived. His non-profit organization worked with lawmakers to get the bill passed.

The law takes effect on July 1. You can read it here. DeSantis' office issued a news release Monday evening about the 44 bills being signed.

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