Damar Hamlin, the Buffalo Bills defensive back, was at Capitol Hill on Wednesday to advocate for the availability of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) at youth athletic events.


Stressing on the importance of AED and Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), both of which were administered to him when he suffered cardiac arrest while visiting the Cincinnati Bengals on January 2, Hamlin said that he cannot recall knowing about them when he was in school. 

Also read: Who is Kawana Jenkins? Georgia Detention officer fired after explicit video of sexual act with inmate goes viral

“As I was growing up playing football, I don’t recall ever thinking about CPR, or knowing where an AED was in my school or on the athletic field,” he said at a press conference.

“With my coaches on the field and my family in the stands, we didn’t plan what would happen if sudden cardiac arrest happened to me, or one of my teammates.”

Hamlin was joined by a bipartisan group of lawmakers at Washington DC. Per reports, he was on a Capitol trip to help present the Access to AEDs Act, formally introduced by Reps. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick and Bill Posey.

Among those to join Hamlin at the Capitol was Chuck Schumer. Supporting the Access to AEDs Act, Schumer said that he will pull all strings to bring his “colleagues on both sides of the aisle on board and get this bill [to] become a law and passed this year.”

“Sudden cardiac arrest happens to more than 7,000 kids under the age of 18 every year in our country,” Hamlin continued, citing data from the American Heart Association. 

Also read: ‘Trans Rights or Else’ shirts on Amazon spark outrage on social media after Nashville shooter Audrey Hale was revealed to be transgender

“For schools that have AEDs, the survival rate for the children from sudden cardiac arrest is seven times higher. … Every kid should have the same access to a lifesaving emergency response that I did, should they need it.”