Mother: 'Nick of Time Act' will save lives

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OLYMPIA, Wash. – Nicholas Varrenti's mother hopes a new state law will save the lives of teenagers.

Nicholas Varrenti was 16 when he died from sudden cardiac arrest following a high school football practice in Pennsylvania.

Varrenti was born in Mill Creek and his mother still lives there.

She spent days at the state Capitol this winter trying to get the so-called "Nick of Time Act" passed.

Governor Jay Inslee signed it into law Friday morning.

Under the act high school, coaches will have to undergo additional training to look for the warning signs of sudden cardiac arrest.

Student-athletes and their parents will now have to read online pamphlets about cardiac arrest before they can participate in sports.

"It will keep kids from dying," said Nicholas' mother, Darla Varrenti.

She hopes to return to Olympia next year to get another law passed to require defibrillators be placed in all high schools.

Darla Varrenti started the nickoftimefoundation.org in her son's honor.


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