The award-winning HeartSafe project developed by Great Plains Ag Credit has provided more than 70 Powerheart G3 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to first responders and other key public safety agencies in the Texas Panhandle.
GPAC Board Chairman Dennis Anthony and CEO Tim McDonald received the Phelps-Martin Award for the successful project. The Phelps-Martin Awards, established in memory of two leaders of the national Farm Credit Council, include an award for service to the greater community.
The HeartSafe program is a joint effort of Great Plains Ag Credit, Cardiac Science, Cardiology Center of Amarillo (Texas), and KVII-TV. The project makes Powerheart AEDs available at reduced cost to businesses, organizations, and individuals, as well as to law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical services agencies that provide first responder services.
In accepting the award, McDonald said that the community has already seen the life-saving results of Project HeartSafe. Last year, a former Great Plains Ag Credit employee who received CPR training through the project, used CPR on his wife, who had suffered sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in their home. He administered CPR until emergency medical services arrived.
McDonald noted that AEDs for first responders are particularly critical in rural areas such as the Texas Panhandle.
“Medical help can be up to an hour away, and many government agencies don’t have the budgets to purchase AEDs for their first responders,” he said.
Eddie Martin, marketing manager for Cardiac Science’s Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) program, described Great Plains Project HeartSafe as “a great example of businesses working together to create a heartsafe community.”
For more information on AEDs in New Mexico, West Texas, and South Texas, contact AED specialist Wally Rogers.
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