We send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Richard Perse, who passed away March 17, 2021 surrounded by his loving family. Richard, president of HeartSmart, Inc., was a passionate champion of the lifesaving cause that we share.
Richard and his wife Nancy, a cardiac nurse, were inspired to action by the sobering statistics surrounding SCA, and in 1989 founded Heartsmart, Inc. This unique company provides emergency training programs, safety certifications for schools and businesses, and assists with AED programs. From his connections in the field, Richard worked with a group of British athletes visiting Boulder to provide training state-wide in CPR and AED use
Years after Richard and the group's preliminary efforts, he evolved the group into Play with Heart with his wife as an experienced cardiac nurse, this leap wasn’t a far one. Together, they brought with them a strong medical background that would serve them well.
Richard Perse's contributions to the SCA community stand still today. “It was an honor to know Richard,” said Mary Newman, SCAF president. “He will be greatly missed.”