Second Life Saved by an AED in a Single Month

History repeats itself – and in the case of one New York school district – lives were saved as a result.


Left to right: Amanda Tiffany, Larry Paniccia, Rebecca DiSisto, MaryLu Fiori. Credit Plamena Pesheva

Exactly one month after an automated external defibrillator (AED) saved a woman’s life at a nearby middle school, Lakeland Central School District staff deployed their Powerheart® AED to revive a visiting parent at Lakeland High School located in Shrub Oak, New York.

The father was on his way to watch his daughter’s softball game when he suffered a cardiac arrest near the high school’s all-purpose field. Lakeland’s athletic trainer Amanda Tiffany and lacrosse coach Patrick Chiappetta rushed over to help the man who had no pulse and stopped breathing. The AED was used and, thankfully, he had regained a pulse while police and paramedics were arriving on the scene.

Mohegan Lake Volunteer Ambulance Corps personnel transported the man to Westchester Medical Center where he was reported to be doing well and appreciative to all those who helped.

“It was a real team effort,” said Lakeland High School Principal Lorrie Yurish.

“We applaud the great efforts displayed at Lakeland Central School District. Their quick response has saved yet another life. We’re also grateful that the State of New York has adopted laws which create heart-safe environments for students, faculty and visitors. These laws are making a difference,” said Douglas Comstock, Sr. Certified AED Specialist (New England/New York) for Cardiac Science.

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