Family of 11-year-old asthma victim urges Legislature for action

(09/07/10) BROOKLYN - Family members of the 11-year-old girl who died of an asthma attack last month are calling for action in the Legislature.

They want a law in her name to require that NYPD officers be recertified in CPR annually. The family also wants the law to make it a crime for an officer to refuse medical assistance to someone in need. Briana Ojeda?s family says she died after suffering an asthma attack and an officer stopped her mother who was driving the wrong way on a street in an attempt to get her to the hospital.

NYPD officials say it is a cop's first duty to preserve life, but it is not required that an officer perform CPR or any other medical treatment.

The Ojeda family says that the law will ensure no other family will have to endure their pain.

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