The John Mack Foundation and BAE Systems worked together to donate four Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to local non-profit organizations. An AED is an easy-to-use device that can restart the heart of someone experiencing cardiac arrest. This year’s AED recipients were the Endicott Police Department, Opportunities for Broome, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Endicott, and St. Andrew’s Church Endicott. The AED Presentation took place on June 21, 2018.
The importance of CPR and an AED was underscored by attendee Bruce Dailey, parishioner and Warden of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Endicott. Bruce collapsed in cardiac arrest during a lifeguard review class at Afton Central School last November. He was saved by four classmates that started immediate CPR and used a nearby AED; see full story.
Bruce addressed the group receiving AEDs and explained, “Everyday I’m so thankful that when my heart suddenly stopped during my lifeguard certification class that God put me in the right place, at the right time, and with the right people with the right skills and equipment to save me life. Without timely CPR and an AED, I’m sure I would not be here today.”
Bruce continued, “I’m very grateful to BAE Systems and the John Mack Foundation for providing an AED for St Paul’s Episcopal Church, Endicott. We now have the AED available and people trained on how to use it to save a life, with the hope that the need for it never arises.”
The John Mack Foundation honors namesake John Mack, a 17-year old Binghamton High School student who died in 2006 while playing lacrosse at a facility that did not have an AED. The foundation works to raise awareness of cardiac arrest and donates AEDs throughout our community. For more information or to request an AED for your non-profit organization, visit JohnMackFoundation.org.
Seated left to right:
Bruce Dailey, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Endicott
Assistant Chief Craig Williams, Endicott Police Department
Mark Silvanic, Opportunities for Broome
Father Tony Seel, St. Andrew’s Church
Standing left to right:
The Rev. John Martinichio, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Endicott
Gary Battestin, BAE Systems
Jim Garceau, BAE Systems
Raj Rai, BAE Systems
Erin Mack-Slavik, John Mack Foundation
Robert Mack, John Mack Foundation
Brett Dean, Opportunities for Broome
Chelsi Compton, Opportunities for Broome
Deb Marrer, St. Andrew’s Church
Kim Robinson, John Mack Foundation
Steve Kraly, BAE Systems
Michael Taylor, Vestal Emergency Squad
Viewing the AED that the Endicott Police Department received: a new LIFEPAK CR Plus.
The other three organizations received a HeartSine Samaritan PAD 450P AED. It provides easy-to-understand voice prompts and a CPR Rate Advisor (push faster, push slower) and reminds the rescuer to perform CPR when no CPR is detected. It includes an 8-year warranty and has a low cost of ownership.
Thank you to BAE Systems for their support in getting these life-saving defibrillators out within our community.