Albany – Assemblyman Ortiz (D-51 AD) announced that he has introduced legislation – “Briana’s Law” – in the New York State Assembly on behalf of Briana Ojeda, an 11 year old girl who passed away in August 2010. Briana had suffered an asthma attack while playing in Carroll Gardens Park and was in route to the hospital when her mother was stopped by a police officer. The officer refused to administer life saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), claiming he did not know how to perform it. Briana passed away an hour after arriving at the hospital. Had Briana received CPR treatment, this tragedy may have never occurred.
Ortiz’s legislation will require that all police men and women, across New York State, be retrained in CPR and first aid each year after they join the force, and makes it a misdemeanor for police to refuse to help those in need. Additionally, if the person in need of CPR treatment becomes permanently disabled or dies because of the failure to administer CPR, under Ortiz’s bill, the police officers could face charges that might result in a class E felony.
Assemblyman Ortiz stated: “All NYPD officers learn how to administer CPR as part of their basic training and by retraining these officers yearly, New York State can ensure that all police officers are able to aid those in need of CPR. When an officer joins the force, they take an oath to serve and protect those in their community and we would expect no less.”