RALEIGH — In April 2009, many state lawmakers watched as their colleague Representative Becky Carney, a Mecklenburg Democrat, suffered a heart attack.

Her family talked to News 14 Carolina a day later and said their mom was alive for one reason.

“Without a defibrillator on site, we would be having a very different conversation right now,” Carney’s oldest son, Brian Gillette, said in 2009.

Carney was saved when an automated external defibrillator, or AED, was used to help her as she was experiencing heart failure.

On Thursday, Gillette was on hand as Gov.Bev Perdue signed a bill into law that puts AED’s in all state buildings.

“Ninety-five percent of the folks in cardiac arrest die before they reach a hospital,” said Perdue.

Perdue also signed a second bill that is aimed at putting some teeth into an existing state law. This requires North Carolina students to complete CPR training before they graduate from high school.

“How you all know as clearly as I do, that there was a law on the books,” said Perdue. “Everybody was saying isn’t that nice. But nobody across the state was bothering to teach the CPR course or to make sure that kids knew how to perform CPR.”

The American Heart Association students over 13 years old are capable of learning this live-saving technique because they possess the strength by that age to perform it properly.

“Hand and glove,” said Perdue. “These two things can save lives in our state. [This is] Important legislation.”

Carney’s family said they agree and said they hope these new laws help other families have the happy ending they got.

“We have a great celebration every year,” Gillette said on Thursday. “And we remember the people who have now entered our lives. As people who had special skills, as people who kept cool under fire, as people who saved her life.

The AHA said that in the United States someone suffers from cardiac arrest every two minutes.