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ANALYZING HEART RHYTHYM, SHOCK ADVISED What if it were this easy to save a life? Well, it just might be. Ask officer Dave Bentley of Pawnee, Illinois who in his 26 years of service has saved ten lives using an automated external defibrillator, or AED. To have this piece of equipment to take with me to an accident or a person who's had a heart attack is amazing, to be able to apply it, and to shock that heart it's an unbelievable thing to watch a person come back to life. It's almost like winning the lottery. Only maybe not as rare. Each year more than 250,000 Americans die from sudden cardiac arrest. But the American Heart Association estimates that placing AEDs in public places could save up to 50,000 lives nationwide Thank you very much for all that you're doing That's why Illinois Lt. Governor Pat Quinn joined with the Illinois General Assembly in 2004 to pass the Colleen O'Sullivan Law. Among other safety measures, the law requires AEDs to be placed in schools and park districts and physical fitness facilities. Collen O'Sullivan was a staff attorney working for the Illinois House of Representatives She died of heart complications in 2002 after exercising at a health club. Because Lt. Governor Quinn wants to prevent such tragedies, he urged the Illinois General Assembly to set up the Illinois Heartsaver Fund to help pay for AEDs. We didn't want affordability to deny people in any part of Illinois the opportunity to have an AED in their school or at their park districts. Quinn has been instrumental in securing funding and donations from Illinois citizens and corporations for the heartsaver AED fund. The fund provides 50-50 matching grants to each school or district that applies on a first-come, first-serve basis. Retired State Trooper Bob Gomorrah of Girard, Illinois knows firsthand how important an AED can be. AEDs, without that, I was gone. In 1999, he collapsed while on duty at the Illinois state police headquarters. Luckily an AED had been installed at state headquarters just seven days earlier. The AED was the reason I'm here today and I want to promote it and tell everybody that if you've a dollar, or you've got an extra hundred dollars, give it to the donation to get these things out there. Our real goal with the heartsaver initiative, across Illinois, is to make AED defribillators as common as fire extinguishers in public places -- our schools, our park districts, our universities and we've got to make this happen as quickly as possible. We don't have a life to lose in Illinois. To learn more about donating to the heartsaver fund, or to learn how to apply for a heartsaver grant, visit

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Posted by: ryancroke on Jul 18, 2008

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