Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Signs Dillon's Law Bill
After a prolonged struggle Wisconsin residents Angel and George Mueller succeeded in their tireless efforts to enact legislation allowing trained and certified individuals to carry and administer epinephrine in case of an attack of anaphylaxis. Be Strong and BRRAAPP ON! Read the article Epinephrine commonly administered by unlicensed school staff.
By Alisa M. Schafer
Dec. 11th, 2017
“Dillon’s Law will save lives.”
Gov. Scott Walker said that was the most important sentiment during a bill-signing ceremony Monday honoring Dillon Mueller, who died at age 18 of an allergic reaction to a bee sting.
Walker signed Dillon’s Law on Monday at Mishicot High School, the school Dillon graduated from shortly before his death on Oct. 4, 2014.
“What a powerful way to honor such a remarkable young man … someone who had a zeal for life in every way,” Walker said.
The law allows trained individuals to carry epinephrine auto-injectors, more commonly known as EpiPens, to be used when someone is having a severe allergic reaction.
“I think this is a very common-sense addition to state law to remove one more barrier imposed by government to keeping people from administering a lifesaving response,” said State Rep. Andre Jacque.
Jacque co-authored Dillon’s Law, along with State Sen. Luther Olsen. It passed the Senate in November, and Monday’s signing was the bill’s last step to becoming state law.
“This is what it is all about as a legislator,” Jacque said. “I just really appreciate that people trust me to get good things done for the community. There are real people and real stories behind the bills that I introduce.”
For Angel and George Mueller, Dillon’s Law represents what they have been fighting forever since Dillon passed away.
“We don’t want anybody to ever have to see what we’ve seen,” George said. “That’s why we did this.”
Dillon’s wake was held in the Mishicot High School gym three years ago, and Angel said it was fitting to have Dillon’s Law signed in the same place.
“This gym has held a very sad and tragic memory for us, but here we are, just three short years later to witness something positive — a lifesaving legislation in Dillon’s name after George and I had been through so much,” Angel said.
During the ceremony, Angel offered some anecdotes about Dillon and his enthusiasm for all things adventurous. She called him the poster child for "YOLO" (you only live once) and she said he would ask to do crazy things with his friends and would always say, “What if I died tomorrow?”
“Dillon taught all of us that we are not guaranteed a tomorrow,” Angel said. “Three years, three very short years that feel like a million to us, have brought about emotions that have ranged from highest of mountains to the lowest of valleys and everything in between.”
Angel ended her speech at the ceremony with a poem she wrote about Dillon and Dillon’s Law: “Longing, loneliness, grief and despair, like driving forces to get me there. In three short years, I’ve reached my goal, for epinephrine availability to save more souls.”