Posted on 12/16/2021
Matt Muncie, Dr. Stuart Berger, and Mary Newman
Matt Muncie, Dr. Stuart Berger, and Mary Newman

In recognition of their achievement, the Salem Fire Foundation will receive a Philips AED donated by CoroMed.

The Citizen CPR Foundation and the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation jointly conducted a video contest as part of the Cardiac Arrest Survival Summit on December 7-10 in San Diego. The goal of the contest is to increase awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and the importance of quick bystander action—calling 9-1-1, providing CPR, and using automated external defibrillators (AEDs). 

Videos were reviewed, scored, and ranked using evaluation criteria that considered adherence to the theme, creativity, production quality, and overall impact. Three judges from each organization reviewed and scored the videos. The top three videos were shown during the conference.

Salem (Oregon) Fire Foundation’s video, “When Seconds Count,” submitted by Mary Louise VanNatta and Chief Mike Niblock, came in first place. Their message is: “Get trained. Get the PulsePoint app. Seconds Count.”

Two other videos tied for second place. “Practice CPR with Three Household Items,” submitted by Austin McAnena, of the Heart Shield Project, aims “to share how easy it is to learn CPR, even in the comfort of your home.”

“The Chain of Love,” submitted by Fernando Gentile of the AHA Training Centre in Buenos Aires, Argentina, features an original song composed and performed by Fernando and his co-worker, Lucas Cockshott. The speed of 110 bpm was used to make it optimal for CPR.

Dr. Stuart Berger, president of the Citizen CPR Foundation, and Mary Newman, president of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, acknowledged the winners during a presentation at the conference. Matt Muncie, of CoroMed/AED.US, joined in the presentation. In recognition of Salem Fire Foundation's award-winning video, CoroMed/AED.US, will donate a Philips AED to the Salem Fire Foundation.