The El Dorado Hills Rotary Club has teamed up with firefighters and a local CPR trainer to put an Automated External Defibrillator in the El Dorado Hills Senior Center.
The AED allows any laymen Good Samaritan to shock a heart attack victim back to life within the first critical three minutes, before paramedics arrive. The AED measures the victim’s heart rhythms to confirm a shock is appropriate, orders everyone to stand back, then delivers life restoring voltage to the victim’s chest.
Longtime El Dorado Hills Rotarian Cathy Statham owns and operates Heartline Safe, which provides CPR training and equipment. She discounted the AED and provided training on its use.
Former El Dorado Hills Fire Chief Brian Veerkamp, an active Rotarian (first in El Dorado Hills, now in Placerville), asked John Johnson, president of the local Firefighters Foundation, the charitable arm of the Firefighters Association, to help the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills, led by Jeff England, fund the AED. Thursday, all that work paid off with the AED finding its place in the Senior Center.