My name is Tom Lucero (many of you remember me as a Berthoud Chamber member for the last few years) and I am a member of the Loveland/Berthoud Heart Safe Community initiative. Our focus is simple, yet critical: train as many people in our community in CPR as possible and facilitate the placement of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in strategic locations.
The Heart Safe initiative is near and dear to our family because our youngest son, Tommy, went into full cardiac arrest, in March of 2014, on the baseball field when he was 14. His life was saved because his coaches knew CPR. Unfortunately, the school’s AED was not utilized because it was too far from Tommy’s cardiac episode. To date, the initiative has trained over 2,000 people in CPR and provided the community with close to 100 AEDs.
As a business owner, many of you have hundreds of people walking through your door. We want you and your employees to know what to do in case of a cardiac event. We know it’s not a question of if another cardiac arrest will happen in our community; it’s a question of when and where.