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Push for defibrillators in schools becomes personal

Posted on AllSides June 6th, 2024
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Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Matthew Mangine and Rep. Andy Barr are tied together by unimaginable loss and one singular, horrible date: June 16, 2020.

That’s the day Mangine, a dad from northern Kentucky, lost his 16-year-old son, who collapsed at a soccer practice and later died from a cardiac event. It’s also the day Barr’s wife, Carol, collapsed on a Zoom call and later died, also from a cardiac event. She was 39.

Last month, Mangine went to Barr’s Washington, D.C., office and asked him to back legislation that would increase access to automated external defibrillators...

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