NYPD cops will have to undergo CPR training before graduating from the Police Academy, according to a new law signed by Governor Cuomo over the weekend. The law also stipulates officers will have to get re-certified every two years.
Cuomo signed Briana's Law on Sunday. It is named in memory of Briana Ojeda, an 11-year-old Carroll Gardens resident who suffered a fatal asthma attack in 2010. Her mother was driving her to the hospital in the midst of the attack when an officer stopped her for driving the wrong way; the officer, Officer Alfonso Mendez, did not know how to perform CPR, and they were unable to get Briana to help in time.
"Every day is a fight, is a nightmare," Briana's father, Michael Ojeda, told CBS 2. Her mother, Carmen Ojeda, told the station, "You wake up and you want to see her. And you want to talk to her. To smell her, or just give her a hug."
Though the State Assembly has passed a measure requiring officers to undergo CPR training for the last five years, the Senate only approved the law this June, citing funding concerns. The Ojedas' suit against the NYPD and Officer Mendez was dismissed last year. "We are still standing outside in the cold," Michael Ojeda told the Daily News. "Our life is broken."
The Ojedas say they hope the new law will spare other children from suffering fates similar to Briana's. "We refused to have another parent or another family go through what we (went) through," Michael Ojeda told CBS2.
The law will go into effect in 60 days.