Looking for a fun way to get some exercise and help put an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) in all the patrol cars at the Bremen State Police Post? It’s as easy as signing up to be part of a 5K Family Fun Run that will be held on November 30, starting at 12:00 p.m., at The Heritage Greenway Trail in Winona Lake. The 5K run is self-paced and is a great way to put down the electronics and do something fun as a family while supporting a worthy cause that could save a life.
An AED is a portable Automated External Defibrillator used to restart someone’s heart in the event of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Each year sudden cardiac arrest kills 335,000 people of all ages and fitness levels without warning. Ninety five percent of those who suffer from SCA die because CPR and defibrillation usually occur too late, if at all.
If the first person on the scene knew CPR and applied an Automated External Defibrillator within 5 minutes, the AHA estimates that at least 40,000 more lives per year could be saved. Calling 911 and performing CPR are not enough. Most victims need an electric shock called defibrillation to restore the heart to a regular rhythm. By placing these devices in the hands of first responders and trained individuals in public locations we are increasing their chance of survival.
If running “isn’t your thing”, you can still help out by making a donation of any amount to Bolt For The Heart. All funds raised from the run or donated will go towards the purchase of additional AED’s.