ST. MARYS, Ga. -- A local family is making it their mission to put heart defibrillators in all schools.
This after the the tragic death of their son.
"I'd never heard of an AED (automated external defibrillator)," Becky Cohn said.
Now, Becky and Harold Cohn's life mission is AEDs.
On May 15, 2010, their son, Andrew, collapsed on the baseball field and died later that day.
"It was the only game I ever missed," Becky said.
A day that could have turned out differently, had an automated external defibrillator been within reach.
"It's hard everyday," Becky said. "But I think that one thing that helps Harold and me get through this is what we do through the non-profit and getting AEDs out there and spreading awareness."
The Cohns founded AED Petition Now Alliance. They have made it their goal to have AEDs mandated in all schools throughout the United States and to make them available for any church or sports teams or other groups through a borrow program that is already up and running in Camden County.
"We had a concept that why can't the public borrow them and check them out for free," Harold said.
The Cohns want to expand the borrow program to all Georgia counties and then to the entire nation.
"One of our goals is to have a borrow plan in 2014," Harold said. "There's 3,141 counties in the United States."
They're on their way; they already have a grant through Cardiac Science for 50 AEDs.
Despite the awareness and advocacy, there is still one thing keeping the Cohns from closure - the response from emergency workers on May 15th.
The Cohns are now filing a formal complaint against the EMS responders, Jacksonville Fire Rescue, with what they say are falsifications in the report.
"I want these guys to be held accountable," Becky said. "They are the reason that Andrew's not here today."
The Cohns plan to file the formal complaint Wednesday.
First Coast News