John Taylor Babbitt Foundation
Good Samaritan Bill Signed into Law
by Elizabeth Entwistle
05/11/12 No

On Thursday May 3, 2012 the Good Samaritan Bill was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie. The Good Samaritan Law protects an uncertified person who uses an AED (automated external defibrillator) in an attempt to save a life from civil liability if they unintentionally cause injury. The signing of the bill took place a little more than two months after the bill was passed by the State Senates and Assembly.

The signing of the bill represents the culmination of two years of hard work by Joanne and David Babbitt, as well as the rest of the John Taylor Babbitt Foundation Board. State Senator Joe Vitale and Assemblyman Peter Barnes, who sponsored the bill in the Senate and the House respectively, both deserve a great deal of thanks as the Good Samaritan Law could never have happened without their help.

The passing of this law will hopefully make our mission to have an AED available in every school and public meeting place an easier task. Before the law, an AED was seen by some as a liability should the need arise for one and no certified person available. With the passing of the law, it is essentially recognized as a user-friendly life saving device.

For more information see the Chatham Patch article.

Last Updated ( Friday, May 11, 2012 )
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