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Louis J. Acompora, who died in 2000 at age 14, is the namesake of the Northport-based foundation that advocates for increased access to automated external defibrillators.

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From a mother's love, a lifesaving gift

Karen Acompora and her family founded the Louis J. Acompora Foundation to raise awareness for access to automated external defibrillators, AEDs, after her 14-year-old son died of cardiac arrest in 2000. Louis' Law, enacted in 2002, requires the devices to be placed in New York public schools. Karen, who heads the Northport-based nonprofit, has honored Louis' memory in various ways. One such project includes a partnership to place AEDs in 140 group homes run by another nonprofit on Long Island.