Senator Susan Paddack
Senate District 13
Coal, Garvin , Hughes & Pontotoc Counties
For Immediate Release:
April 8, 2008
Sen. Susan Paddack
Senate Approves Paddack’s School Defibrillator
The Oklahoma State Senate today unanimously approved a proposal
by Senator Susan Paddack, a Democrat from Ada, urging federal funding
or private donations for automated external defibrillators (AED)
devices that could save a student’s life in a medical emergency.
Paddack said Senate Bill 923, which is also know as the Zachary
Eckles and Luke Davis Automated External Defibrillators in Schools
Act, encourages school districts to make automated external defibrillators
available at each school.
"A matter of seconds is critical during a cardiac emergency.
This bill pushes for more of these life-saving machines to be placed
in our schools," said Paddack. "As policymakers, we have
responsibility to help protect the health and safety of Oklahoma’s
children. These machines can save lives when a young person is in
An irregular heart beat is the most common cause of sudden cardiac
death among otherwise healthy young people during physical activities
and athletic competitions. Defibrillators are easy to use and training
for the machine is now part of basic CPR training.
Twelve-year-old Luke Davis, who collapsed and died when his heart
stopped during a school basketball game in Dickson, OK, and 17-year-old
Zachary Eckles, who died after heart failure during a soccer practice
in Edmond, are just two examples of how defibrillators, if accessible,
could have helped save an Oklahoman.
Paddack said private donors have shown a willingness to donate
these machines, and this legislation urges more businesses to step
forward and provide this service to their community.
The bill passed the Senate with a 48-0 vote and will now move to
Governor Brad Henry’s Office for approval.
For more information contact:
Senator Paddack's Office: (405) 521-5541