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American Red Cross, Citizenship Award, Lynne Donegan

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Published on Apr 12, 2013

When Lynne Dongan's 30-year-old niece, Colleen, who was training for the Chicago marathon at her local gym suffered sudden cardiac arrest and died, Lynne became an advocate for training to use and installation of AEDs in public venues. Her effort helped resuscitate an old bill in the Illinois State Assembly and in 2005 the Colleen O'Sullivan Law was signed that requires every physical fitness facility to have an AED on site. The law further helped pass the new mandate that AEDs be installed on all Metra commuter trains.

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