Legislators’ AED saves life at government hearing

The Suffolk County (Long Island) Legislature voted in 2007 to install anautomated external defibrillator (AED) in the legislative office building, and last week they saw the device in action. County employees used the AED to restore the heartbeat of a man who collapsed with sudden cardiac arrest just as he was about to testify at a legislative hearing.

The cardiac arrest victim is an employee of a skilled nursing facility the Legislature is considering for closure.


Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer William J. Lindsay saw the AED he voted to install save a life at a legislative hearing last week.

“Swift action by these good Samaritans and the location of a defibrillator in the Legislative building saved this man’s life,” William Lindsay, the Legislature’s presiding officer, said in an press release about the AED rescue. “I want to personally thank all of the people who played a role in saving this life, including the crew from the Smithtown Ambulance who arrived quickly and transported the gentlemen to the hospital.”

Lindsay was an advocate for the 2007 AED legislation that provide the funding to install an AED in the William H. Rogers County Legislative Building in Hauppauge. Under Lindsay’s leadership, the Legislature has also passed bills to fund the installation of AEDs in the town of Sayville, to give 911 dispatchers the locations of state-registered AEDs and to conduct a feasibility study of a smartphone application that would make it possible for people to locate the nearest AED.

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