California fitness center AED saves customer’s life: Cardiac Science for the week of June 21

California fitness center AED saves customer’s life

Gold’s Gym in Hollister, California, keeps a Powerheart automated external defibrillator at the front desk. Fitness center AEDs are increasingly common these days, and on June 8, Ray Buzzetta, an employee at Gold’s found out just why.

At 9:30 a.m., he got a report that a customer had collapsed while using a leg-lifting machine. Buzzetta and two other men responded. According to the AED story in the Hollister Free Lance, as soon as they found 80-year-old Clifford Ray without a pulse they called 911 and grabbed the gym’s defibrillator.

They administered CPR and attached the AED. It provided a shock, and Roy gasped for air. The victim had a faint pulse by the time paramedics arrived and rush Roy to the hospital.

“I was trained and I put it to use,” Buzzetta told the newspaper. “They told us we saved his life.”

Restaurant foundation donates AEDs in the name of public safety

The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation — a creation of Florida restaurant owners and former firefighters Chris and Robin Sorensen — donates more than a million dollars of equipment and training a year — including automated external defibrillators.

The foundation provided defibrillators for the Jacksonville, Florida, Fire and Rescue when it needed equipment for its lifeguards.

The brothers told that about 60 percent of the foundation budget comes from customers who donate change and buy recycled pickle buckets from the restaurants. Another 25 percent comes from vendors, with the remaining 15 percent from the company and its owners.

Rob Williams is our Certified AED Specialist in Jacksonville. Reach out to him.