According to News12, family members said the team’s coach had temporarily left the practice to get cigarettes and that at the time of the tragedy, a parent was supervising the team. “Who’s going to answer for the fact that the person that we left our child with wasn’t there when the emergency happened?” Sable Shelton, Brown-Garcia’s aunt, said. “When the coach called me yesterday…[he said] ‘Sorry, none of us are CPR-certified,” Brown said, according to News12. “Those coaches out there, they need to be CPR certified,” said Brown, according to WCBS-TV. New Jersey requires schools to have defibrillators present at practices and athletic events, as well as at least one person trained in administering CPR. There is no such requirement on youth recreation leagues. Brown told News12 it took three calls before an ambulance arrived. “I beat the ambulance there. Like 30-40 minutes. It took them a long time,” she said. “I miss his face. I miss him dancing. I just miss him. I miss everything about him,” Brown said. “Elijah was an outgoing, loving young kid. He loved dancing and football and loved his family. He made sure everyone was comfortable with his infectious smile. He loved going to school and he loved his friends,” his mother said on the GoFundMe page in which she sought donations. “At a young tender age of 12, Elijah passed away playing football, doing what he loved.” This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
12-year-old Elijah Brown-Garci died during football practice in Newark, New Jersey. His heart stopped and no one on the team knew CPR. Can we please teach CPR in High Schools and make it mandatory that coaches know CPR? It saves lives! https://t.co/1RqSBNCvJg— Larry Mendte (@LarryMendte) February 17, 2023