On February 12, 2018, the John Mack Foundation provided five local organizations with Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) that were donated by BAE Systems in Endicott as part of its Community Investment program. The five groups were:
- Addiction Center of Broome County – Binghamton, NY
- Broome County Council of Churches – Binghamton, NY
- Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County – Binghamton, NY
- The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier – Binghamton, NY
- Vestal Police Department – Vestal, NY
BAE Systems made the in-kind donations, providing each organization with an AED. An AED is a lightweight, portable medical device that can be used to restart the heart of someone experiencing cardiac arrest.
All the organization received CPR/AED training so they are prepared to recognize and handle a cardiac arrest emergency. Michael Taylor, from Union Volunteer Emergency Squad, trained some of the organizations.
The AED donations were facilitated by the John Mack Foundation, working to raise awareness of cardiac arrest and donating AEDs throughout our community. 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. For more information or to request an AED for your non-profit organization, visit JohnMackFoundation.org.
Seated left to right:
- Carmela Pirich – Addiction Center of Broome County
- Abbey Hendrickson – The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier
- Rosemarie Kleitz – Broome County Council of Churches
- Molly McManus – Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County
Standing left to right:
- Chief John Butler – Vestal Police Department
- Victoria Giarratano – Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County
- Gary Battestin – BAE Systems
- Robert Mack – John Mack Foundation
- Lt. Chris Streno – Vestal Police Department
- Michael Taylor – Union Volunteer Emergency Squad
- Kim Robinson – John Mack Foundation
- Rajinder Rai – BAE Systems