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Florida Bill Protects Employers from Lawsuits

May 1, 2008 –ORLANDO–Florida legislators on Wednesday approved a bill making it easier for businesses that deploy automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to get immunity from lawsuits. The measure (SB 564) ensures that an employer who acquires a defibrillator is protected from lawsuits even if it did not provide appropriate training to employees… Read More

Still Holding On

Bill Schafer, Ballwin, MO – 67 at time of event (1999) Ruthie asked her husband if he could hold on until they reached the gate at O’Hare airport. Bill says that request saved his life. If he had gone to the restroom like he wanted to, Roger, the flight attendant, wouldn’t have been there. Neither would the cardiologist from a… Read More

Kane Forest, IL, Preserve to Buy Defibrillators

April 29, 2008 – GENEVA, IL ­– Robert Quinlan was only slightly kidding.As he introduced the topic of the Kane County Forest Preserve District buying 12 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) recently, he said, “This is a topic close to my heart, obviously.” Quinlan has not had to use a defibrillator but said later he does feel a lot of… Read More

A Parting Gift

Bonnie Stine, Lakeland, FL – 51 at time of event (2006) Bonnie never knew that she had something wrong with her heart. No one put all the little pieces together. She was often a little out of breath, not exactly in shape, pre-menopausal, and even had a little swelling in her ankles. As a registered nurse, she might have known better, but… Read More

A Traffic-Stopping Birthday Present

Steve Vanderhelm, Council Bluff, IA – 53 at time of event (2005) Steve is an avid bike rider. He rides all year round, but in winter the bike never leaves the house. Summer is the best time, when he and his brother-in-law, Ed, regularly ride more than 20 miles through the hills and dales of Pottawattamie County, on the border with… Read More

The Team Rules, OK!

Kayla Burt, Portland, OR – 20 at time of event (2002) It was New Year’s Eve, and her basketball team was staying over to celebrate. But Kayla never saw the festivities. She had freshly brushed teeth, and a brush with death. Loree Payne, her best friend, watched Kayla fall face down between the bed and the TV—they all thought it… Read More

Pope Benedict XVI Accepts Gift of AED

April 17, 2008 –VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI personally accepted the gift of an automated external defibrillator (AED) from Gintaras Vaisnys and Fabio Rangoni, representatives of a U.S. defibrillator company. Vaisnys and Rangoni met with the Pope at a recent papal audience where Vaisnys presented the AED while Rangoni explained to the leader… Read More

AEDs To Be Placed in East Baton Rouge Schools in Wake of Student Death

April 17, 2008–In a first for local schools, the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board will soon place in its high school athletic departments a dozen automated external defibrillators donated by area medical groups The first of the devices will be donated to the School Board today in the memory of Glen Oaks High School student-athlete Shannon… Read More

Blue Sky(s) Forever

Lee Curtes, Hartford, WI – 54 at time of event (2000) Lee would find it hard to choose a better place to die. He was 12,000 feet up on top of Belle’s Camp with his skis on, looking at Vail’s Blue Sky Basin. Luckily, Lee gets to repeat the visit every year, and meet with the people who saved his life. On January 14th,… Read More

The Sacred Heart Room

Linda Dickson, Florissant, MO – 36 at time of event (2007) For Linda, it was a normal Thursday in March 2007, remarkable only for a nasty headache that lasted all day. It threatened to upset her Church board meeting that night, but not in the manner that it eventually did. Linda Dickson is a young, vibrant mother of… Read More