How a Cross-Country Bike Ride Honored a Fallen Friend, Raised Funds for Cardiac Screening and AEDs

Derek in DC

The heat was at times brutal. One day his temperature gauge actually read 114 degrees. Yet Derek Blalock continued to pedal. In all, he traveled 6,500 miles on his Trek bike, traversing 23 states, including a stop at the Grand Canyon, all to honor the memory of a high school friend and raise thousands of […]

AED at Ball Field Saves Life of Iowa High School First Baseman

Matt Shaver, sudden cardiac arrest survivor

A readily accessible automated external defibrillator (AED) at the ball field saved the life of Matt Shaver, a Johnston, Iowa, high school baseball player, this summer. The 18-year-old first baseman was outside the dugout during the second game of a home-field doubleheader when he experienced sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). The high school’s trainer, Chris Wiedmann, called for an AED and started cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), […]

Michigan school raises AED funds in memory of Wes Leonard


Fennville High School in Fennville, Mich., hosted its 4th annual “Never Forgotten” game on Jan. 30 in memory of Wes Leonard. A member of the Fennville Blackhawks basketball team, Leonard, suffered sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) during a game in 2011. He collapsed just moments after making the game-winning overtime shot that gave the Blackhawks a 20-0 season. […]

Brookhaven Police use AED to save a life


In 2013, the town of Brookhaven, Georgia, equipped all its police cars with automated external defibrillators (AEDs). A year later, three officers were able to respond in under a minute to a report of a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) incident in an office building and used an AED from an officer’s squad car to save a woman’s […]

Spirit of St. Louis: City’s AED Program Continues to Shine

St. Louis Lifesaving Foundation logo

Over the past decade, the city known as the “Gateway to the West” has earned another moniker: heart safe. That’s because St. Louis’s (Mo.) Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) program, one of the largest PAD programs in the United States, has placed automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in city offices and buildings including the St. Louis public […]