Teen Advocates for CPR Training in Schools

June 13, 2014 Updated Jun 13, 2014 at 1:22 PM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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June 13, 2014 Updated Jun 13, 2014 at 1:22 PM EDT

Lancaster, NY (WKBW) - During training last summer, three Lancaster football players suffered a powerful and dangerous electric shock. Now one of of those boys is advocating for CPR -- the reason he is still alive today.

J.J. Pesany went into cardiac arrest after the goal post he was helping to move struck a powerline. Within two minutes, Lancaster Police Detective Keith Kerl began administering CPR, saving Pesany's life.

Pesany and his parents are joining the American Heart Association in advocating for the CPR in Schools Bill, which would join 17 other states in requiring high schoolers to get training in hands-only CPR.

The legislation passed the New York State Senate on Thursday. Now it's heading to the Assembly, where the bill has stalled in the past.

Pesany and his family want other to rally around their cause. For more information, watch the video and click here: www.supportCPRinSchools.org

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