Assemblyman Proposes Putting Defibrillators On All NJ Transit Trains

Steve Burns
November 08, 2019 - 5:32 pm
NJ Transit train

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TRENTON (WCBS 880) — A New Jersey assemblyman is filing a bill to put defibrillators on every New Jersey Transit train, after a man went into cardiac arrest and died on board a train earlier this week.

As WCBS 880’s Steve Burns reports, current federal law only required commutes train lines have defibrillators at stations.

“But, obviously, folks don’t choose when they have these episodes, medical episodes,” said New Jersey Assemblyman Daniel Benson.

He says that by the train can get to a station, it may be too late. Therefore, he wants to make sure that every train car is equipped with the right tools.

“This phase will require that these AED's be provided on all of our New Jersey Transit trains,” he says of his proposal.

Benson emphasized that he was working on the bill since the summer, but after a man died on a NJ Transit train on Monday, he decided to expedite the process.

“It just kind of brought it to the forefront of trying to get this done as soon as possible,” Benson said of the incident.

The man died on board on NJ Transit train at Manhattan’s Penn Station after an apparent heart attack. Benson says under his bill NJ Transit would need to buy a few hundred more AED units than it already has.

“The cost is minimal compared to the larger budget and of course the impact of saving a life,” he said.