Shockingly fast finish for AED donations

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From left are AtlantiCare’s nurse Rose McCarthy, cardiology outreach coordinator, and Wendy Penny, assistant vice president of cardiovascular services, Galloway Mayor Don Purdy, Ambulance Squad Chief Chuck Uhl and Police Chief Patrick Moran, and Dr. Howard Levite medical director of AtlantiCare’s Heart Institute.

GALLOWAY – Barely more than a month ago the Police Department told council about the need to raise $12,500 to replace 10 automated external defibrillators in police vehicles.

Police and Ambulance Squad members were at the May 23 council meeting to be recognized for recent rescues using AEDs.

The Ambulance Squad was quick to zap a $1,250 check to the police department to buy the first defibrillator.

Nobody thought that a month later the department would have donations for not just 10, but 11 new AEDs.

The AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Heart Institute donated five AEDs – half the number needed.

Nurse Rose McCarthy, cardiology outreach coordinator, and Wendy Penny, assistant vice president of cardiovascular services joined Heart Institute Medical Director Dr. Howard Levite at the Tuesday, June 26 Township Council meeting to present the five units that put the department over the top.

Money for two more units were presented at the meeting from Four Seasons residents represented by Jerry Hauselt, president of the Four Seasons Board of Trustees, and Allan Blumenthal, head of the Bingo Bonanza Club that raised the money.

"We were aware the police needed them. We discussed it and we decided to purchase them," said Blumenthal of the 55-and-older community. "It’s good for them – and it’s good for us."

Others donating AEDs were Fred and Ethel’s Lantern Light Tavern at Historic Smithville; the McGettigan Family, owners of McGettigan's 19th Hole Tavern, whose family member Maureen Geary was saved after suffering a heart attack, and Galloway residents, Michael Rothstien and John and Miariam Gural.

"You were here a mere 30 days ago with an insurmountable task," Deputy Mayor Tony Coppola said. "Now you’re here waving the victory flag. This is an example of how the community pulls together in times of need."

Mayor Don Purdy said this was the type of thing that makes him proud to be from Galloway.  

"This comes from the hearts of the community," Mayor Don Purdy said. "They’re all big givers."

AEDs can restore normal heart rhythms.

Galloway police began the AED program in 1995, one of the first police departments to use the devices. Every Galloway officer is certified in CPR and use of AEDs.

The 10 AEDs are rotated among the officers on the force.

The original AEDs have all reached the end of their recommended service time. 
From left are Allan Blumenthal and Jerry Hauselt, representing Four Seasons, Galloway Mayor Don Purdy, Ambulance Squad Chief Chuck Uhl and Police Chief Patrick Moran.


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