Mother wants to prevent student heart attack deaths

Wes Leonard died March 3 on basketball court

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Wes Leonard made a game-winning shot to lift his beloved Blackhawks to a 20-0 record on March 3, then collapsed seconds later.

FENNVILLE, Mich. - Tiny Fennville, Mich., is getting ready for high school basketball season, nine months after tragedy struck.

Wes Leonard made a game-winning shot to lift his beloved Blackhawks to a 20-0 record on March 3, then collapsed seconds later. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, but he died of what the medical examiner later determined was cardiac arrest due to an enlarged heart.

Leonard's 14-year-old brother, Mitchell, is a freshman on the team that plays its first game of the season at home Tuesday night. He got a clean bill of health last spring.

Leonard's mother, Jocelyn Leonard, wants defibrillators at every school to help prevent similar tragedies. A bill requiring public schools to have the devices was introduced in the Michigan Senate last month.

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