A recent proposal would have police officers carry epinephrine auto-injectors and trained in the use of them for medical emergencies.
In many cases police are first on the scene of an emergency call but if it’s a medical emergency, their hands are usually tied until medical teams arrive.
Tragically, this was the case for Illinois mother Shelly LeGere when her 13-year-old daughter, Annie, who had no known allergies, went into anaphylactic shock last year.
Shelly says police officers were first on the scene and arrived within minutes but officers were not authorized to carry or administer what might have been a life-saving dose of adrenaline – Annie LeGere died a week later.
Now her mother is working with Illinois state lawmakers to encourage police and others to get training and legal permission to start carrying epinephrine.
State Senator Chris Nybo is sponsoring the bill. He says school transport companies, parks and daycare centers are among those also targeted in the bill which would limit liability of those administering it in an attempt to save a life.
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The Annie LeGere Foundation Inc.