Police Lieutenant Responsible for Installing AEDs, Help Save His Life

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Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, began like any other day for Lieutenant Regis Thimons. He had arrived early for work, so he was planning to leave early as well. That afternoon, he walked out of his office at the St. Joseph County Police Department in South Bend, Ind., to call his wife and tell her he […]

Mother Gives Back to Help Prevent Sudden Cardiac Arrest

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When tragedy struck, it did not take long for the Babbitt family to jump at the opportunity to help others who might be in a similar situation. The John Taylor Babbitt Foundation was established six months after 16 year-old John Babbitt collapsed and died from a previously undiagnosed heart condition. Since her son’s untimely death, […]

Sacramento Police Officer Commended for Saving a Life


First came the dispatch: A 47-year-old male had collapsed at a nearby soccer field and was unresponsive. Then came anxiety. “Before the incident, I was very nervous driving to get to the scene,” said Police Officer Thelma Matthews, a 10-year veteran of the Sacramento State Police Department. “Seconds count in a cardiac arrest situation.” Just […]

Soccer Coach Honored for Saving Student’s Life

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Soccer coach, Isha Hamilton, and Teacher, Greg McCoy, were commemorated for saving the life of Kiavelyn Altagracia, a 7th grade student who had suffered sudden cardiac arrest at school. John and Karen Acompora, founders of The Louis J. Acompora Memorial Foundation, presented the awards for their heroism on saving Kiavelyn’s life. The ceremony took place on […]

Danny Berger, SCA Survivor Prepares for Return to the Court


The end of summer signals the slow-march back to normalcy for many college students. For one student, however, his return to campus and basketball is anything but normal. Danny Berger, who suffered a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) during practice on Dec. 4, 2012, has been cleared by doctors to return to the court for the […]