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George Searing, varsity lacrosse coach at Northport High

George Searing, varsity lacrosse coach at Northport High School, and John Acompora, father of Louis Acompora, are board members of the Northport foundation that advocates in Louis' memory for access to defibrillators. Photo Credit: Thomas A. Ferrara

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.

Louis J. Acompora, who died in 2000 at

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.

Louis Acompora was an avid lacrosse player. Above,

Louis Acompora was an avid lacrosse player. Above, he's the goalie.

Karen Acompora honors the memory of her son,
Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

Karen Acompora honors the memory of her son, who died of cardiac arrest in 2000, by raising awareness about portable defibrillators. (Oct. 12, 2011)

At a news conference in Old Bethpage ahead
Photo Credit: Richard Slattery

At a news conference in Old Bethpage ahead of the 10th anniversary of her son Louis' death, Karen Acompora launches the 12 for Life NYS campaign, which raises money for and provides automated external defibrillators to special needs programs. (Dec. 10, 2009)

George Searing, varsity lacrosse coach at Northport High
Photo Credit: Thomas A. Ferrara

George Searing, varsity lacrosse coach at Northport High School, and John Acompora, father of Louis Acompora, are board members of the Northport foundation that advocates in Louis' memory for access to defibrillators.

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