DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. - Donna Denaro hosted a fundraiser Sunday with the purpose of making the public aware of the 911 Good Samaritan Law, which protects and provides immunity to someone who witnesses a drug overdose.
The fundraiser came nearly a year after her son, 15 year-old Zachary Denaro, was found dead on the beach following an altercation.
Drugs were found in his system and an autopsy revealed he had lost oxygen to his brain during a fight.
His mother says Zachary could still be alive if someone called 911. Instead, her child was found in the mangroves dead.
Zachary’s mother is now pushing to have the law amended to not just reward someone for calling 911 but punishing someone who witnesses a crime and doesn't call.
"There were five elementary school friends that he knew that watched him die and didn't call 911," said Denaro.
The fundraiser Sunday raised money for scholarships for teens who want to go into the medical field. Supporters of the law also want to buy equipment for a local EMS squad with the money raised at Sunday's event.