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In mid-September 2020, a Saratoga County 911 dispatcher experienced a sudden cardiac arrest while at work. Fortunately, Tom Lundquist, another dispatcher who also happens to be a CPHM EMT and one of our CPR instructors, jumped in with his fellow dispatch staff to put their skills to work.

They performed CPR until paramedics arrived and took over the life-saving CPR. Their teamwork and quick action prevented the dispatcher from having long-term negative health consequences and absolutely saved a life that day! We extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to those who worked together that day to save a life.

We know that early defibrillation is an extremely important factor in surviving a cardiac arrest. An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) can be used to help the heart return to a normal rhythm. CPR keeps the blood flowing to the victim’s brain and heart and, when performed in conjunction with AED use, significantly increases the chances of survival from sudden cardiac arrest.

Because of CPHM’s close partnership with the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office, we were pleased to present Saratoga County Sheriff Zurlo and his staff with an AED. Within hours of our presentation to Sheriff Zurlo, the AED was hung in the new Saratoga County Communications Center, within easy reach for our dispatch colleagues.

Next time YOU are out and about, take a moment to find any public access AEDs in your location. They are in many stores, offices, and other public places and are often in cases that look like the one in the picture. Knowing where to find an AED and how to use one could save a life. Also, if you don’t know how to perform CPR, now is the perfect time to learn! The life you save might be a loved one!

Questions about AED’s or CPR? Visit CPHM’s American Heart Association Training Center at www.cphmems.org/aha/overview.

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