Parents fighting for 'Dillon's Law'
MISHICOT (WLUK) -- Two Mishicot parents have made it their mission to get EpiPens in people's hands. They want to change state law, and put the pens into first aid kits.
29 months ago, Dillon Mueller died after being stung by a bee. The dirt bike racer and Eagle Scout had just graduated high school.
"He had an anaphylactic reaction and we did not know that he was allergic," explained Angel Mueller.
Now Dillon's parents Angel and George Mueller are working to change state law in his name. They want to expand the current law that allows organizations to keep EpiPens on site.
"From businesses and organizations being able to have epinephrine auto injectors and extends it to individuals," Angel told FOX 11 News.
The current law, which passed in 2015 says individuals can only have the devices outside certified organizations if they have a prescription.
"I just think it would be so much nicer if people could have them in their first aid kits, in their houses...just to save a life in the future," George told us.
The Muellers said when their son was stung, no one nearby had an EpiPen, neither did the first responders who came to his aid.
Angel told FOX 11 every second counts in a situation like that.
"Because you don't have a lot, a lot of time to call 911 and get to a hospital," she said.
Under the bill individuals would need to be trained and pass a certification test to obtain the EpiPen.
"Usually we do groups of 12 to 20 and in half an hour they can be trained. It's extremely easy," Angel explained.
State Representative Andre Jacque is working with the Muellers to get the law changed.
"This is something I think it going to be used and I think it's going to be a force-multiplier in terms of expanding the care in the community," he told us.
According to Jacque the bill has bi-partisan support.
The Muellers told us that's a very good sign.
"I just don't ever want anybody to have to go through what we did," said George.
"We may not be able to do it all and we may not be able to do it everywhere, but we are certainly doing it for Dillon...had the roles been reversed he would be doing the exact same thing we're doing: fighting to make a difference," said Angel.
The bill, Dillon's law, will have a hearing before the State Assembly Committee on Health tomorrow morning.