‘Luke’s Law’

By: Teddy Safo Email
By: Teddy Safo Email

Last month the Dickson community endured a tragic loss when a 12-year old boy collapsed during a basketball game and later died. It is believed a possible heart condition was the cause. Now the family of Luke Davis is pushing for a bill that would make defibrillators readily available in all public schools. Teddy Safo spoke to family members and the author of the bill.

Luke Davis's aunt, Melissa Windham, says if a defibrillator had been available, her nephew could still be here today.

"We don’t know what happened to Luke. He may have had some type of cardiac disorder that was undiagnosed. An AED could have saved his life," Windham says.

It was February 2008 when Luke Davis was playing basketball, a game that he enjoyed, when his life ended unexpectedly.

State Representative Wallace Collins is hoping his House Bill 1847 will become state law, making it mandatory for every public school in the state to have a defibrillator.

"We have defibrillators at the Capitol to protect us. One of the questions raised why is our lives any more important than students at schools, administrators, sports personnel,' Rep. Collins says,

Three years ago, a young boy from Moore, Oklahoma, collapsed during a soccer game and died. That provided Collins with motivation to author the bill last year, but it never became law.

Now, Luke’s aunt is hoping her the law will bear her nephew’s name

"One child is too many to lose. I’d like to see this become law and become Luke’s Law, because he made the sacrifice."

"I would very much consider renaming the bill in honor of these two young men that died," Rep. Collins says.

Representative Collins says a good defibrillator costs around $1,200, and believes the state could easily provide each school with one in what he calls a small price to pay to save a life.


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  • by Lukes Cousin Location: Oklahoma on Mar 31, 2008 at 02:27 PM
    Just wanted to say that LUKES LAW WAS PASSED TODAY!!!!
  • by Charllotte Lowe Location: Murray State College on Mar 14, 2008 at 03:10 PM
    I am currently writing an argumentive essay on this Law. I think that there is no reason why our schools shouldnt have a defribrillator in them. No matter what the price is, its worth it if you could save a life.
  • by Laura Dawn Location: Ardmore on Mar 14, 2008 at 09:48 AM
    As it is now......Is it AGAINST the law to have one of these IED's in the schools? What would stop parents from installing them without the state's help? Any problem with that?
  • by concerned Location: oklahoma on Mar 11, 2008 at 09:57 PM
    if the state can't afford to put and aed in every school then why not ask the ambulance service if they could send a crew to every sports event and then they could save lives that way. i'm sure that most medics would donate their time for a couple of hours to ensure the safety of children. maybe this could be something that needs to be checked into.
  • by JC Location: Denison on Mar 11, 2008 at 06:19 PM
    Laura: Would you have fire alarms and sprinklers removed from the schools because kids sometimes pull them? The AED's would be accessible only to the staff trained in their use.
  • by Laura Dawn Location: Ardmore on Mar 11, 2008 at 03:03 PM
    Yes I believe it's a good idea, but what would happen if students vandalized this equipment and used the defibrillators as toys or as pranks? A few bad apples and you have some real trouble. As I understand it it takes trained First Aid, administrators to use the defibrillators. Again, I believe it's good to have them available but tragic, if put in the wrong hands.
  • by Pat Location: Ohio on Mar 11, 2008 at 01:59 PM
    My opinion is that it is such a small price to pay for possibly saving a life, and saving a family from a inconsolable loss. Worry about the what ifs later!!!! Ask any parent what their child's life is worth.
  • by Mom on Mar 11, 2008 at 12:37 PM
    I think that since each student that plays in sports is required to have a physical, the physical should include and EKG or something to that effect. I would certainly pay more $$ to know that my son's heart is healthy from year to year.
  • by JC Location: Denison on Mar 11, 2008 at 11:54 AM
    I agree in principal with Anonymous from Denison, but, I don;t see how having an AED on sight interferes with anyone's choices, funding sources are a different issue.
  • by Anonymous Location: Denison on Mar 11, 2008 at 07:49 AM
    The state is not responsible for our children we (the parents) are. I would rather raise the money or get a grant/donation for one then have the state/government involved in yet another choice for my kids. As parents we can not continue to ask the state to get involved only when WE want them too. At the rate we are going the parents are not going to have any choices anymore when it comes to our kids in the school. The state is going to make all the decisions and we will be watching from afar.
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