A state law written in memory of a Mishicot boy who died from anaphylactic shock after being stung by a bee, was signed into law in his hometown Monday morning. Local 5’s Kris Schuller reports Dillon’s Law now allows trained individuals to administer epinephrine to save a life.
In the gym at Mishicot High School where 18-year-old Dillon Mueller’s funeral was held three years ago a law is signed.
“We have gone from tragedy, full circle to victory,” said Angel Mueller, Dillon’s mother.
Aimed at preventing tragic deaths like Dillon’s – caused by a severe allergic reaction.
“Dillon’s Law will save lives,” said Governor Walker.
Three years ago, Dillon Mueller was stung by a bee, went into anaphylactic shock and died one week later.
“From the second I saw Dillon receiving CPR on the grass during that football game in 2014, I knew right then and there, I was going to make a difference,” Angel said.
Dillon’s parents say their son’s life could have been saved had someone been carrying an EpiPen that day. But at the time only trained businesses or organizations could legally administer life-saving epinephrine. The Mueller’s decided that simply had to change.
“We were going to change the laws so anyone could have an EpiPen in their first-aid kit,” said Mrs. Mueller.
Working with Representative André Jacque (R-De Pere) the couple testified in Madison, lobbying lawmakers to change the law and allow trained individuals to purchase and administer epinephrine.
“It gives you the ability without liability concerns, to immediately step in and render that life-saving assistance within seconds of an allergic reaction,” said Rep. Jacque.
Legislation given final passage last month and signed into law by the governor in Mishicot on Monday.
“This was a mom and a dad who said – hey we’ve looked at this tragic situation and we can make something positive out of this,” Walker said.
“Just don’t want anyone to ever see what we’ve seen. That’s why we did this,” said George Mueller, Dillon’s father.
“Right now, I just can’t believe that we did it, but we did it. And we did it for Dillon,” said Angel Mueller. “Dillon’s Law will save lives.”