Local leaders recently donated an automated external defibrillator (AED) to Hill 2000. AEDs are used to help people experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. The device delivers an electric shock through the chest to the heart when the device detects an abnormal rhythm. The shock changes the rhythm back to normal.
Hill 2000’s Safety & Security Committee spearheaded the AED’s purchase. Fundraising followed a first aid course conducted by Jeff Proctor in late March. A firefighter and paramedic, Proctor provided basic life support instruction to 25 Hill residents, including five fifth graders from St. Ambrose school. The Hill resident also introduced the class to AEDs during the course. The following firms supported the AED purchase:
- The Center for Family Law (Allison Gerli),
- JR Heddell (Jay Heddell),
- Casey, Devoti & Brockland,
- Frank J. Carretero, LLC (Frank Carretero),
- Horas & Radice (Bob Radice & Jack Horas),
- The Alexander Law Firm (Alex Curcuru),
- Saracino Orthodontics (Dr. Catherine Saracino).
The AED was delivered to Hill 2000 in early September. The device will be kept at the Neighborhood Center. Because the device is portable, plans are to make the AED available at Hill 2000 events.