Parents Call for Defibrillators in Modesto Schools After Student Dies

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Outrage at the Modesto City Schools board meeting Monday night. Outrage from the family of Andy Vazquez, a 16-year-old Gregori High School student who died during P.E. class last week.

"I just want to know what happened at the school," Alberto Ortiz, Andy's father, said.

The outrage is over the fact that there are no defibrillators in Modesto schools -- they're not required in any California schools. Some question if the device could have helped save Andy's life -- he was born with a heart condition.

Even though the school board said they could not comment on Andy's death, a tearful board President Amy Neumann did address Andy's father.

"Mr. Ortiz, on behalf of the board, we express our sincere condolences," she said.

Over and over again at the meeting, parents called for the board to purchase AEDs -- or automated external defibrillators --  for it's schools.

"Prisons have AEDs. I think it's very shameful that our schools do not," said parent Jill Ramsey.

Andy's father said the school and the gym teacher knew about his heart condition.

Ortiz said he's still waiting for details from the school about the final moments of Andy's life and how it ended, but he doesn't want the school board to wait to get defibrillators.

"If I have to go anywhere to save any other kid's life, I will do it. In the name of my son, I will do whatever I have to do to save a life," he said.

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