Larry and Evelyn Pontbriant
The Pontbriant Family is being honored as the Red Cross Community Hero for providing nearly 100 Automatic Defibrillator Devices (AEDs) to community organizations to help save lives in an emergency.
Larry and Evelyn formed the Larry Pontbriant Athletic Safety Fund in honor of their late son Larry Pontbriant. A three-sport high school athlete, Larry Pontbriant’s life was cut tragically short when he experienced a sudden cardiac arrest.
On August 16, 2007, Larry was participating in a 5k fun run when he collapsed. Unfortunately, there were no AEDs on site to help revive Larry, and he died three days later.
“Had an AED been present on-site, Larry’s outcome may have been different,” said Evelyn Pontbriant.
In the midst of their heartache, the Pontbriants knew they had to do something. With the help of family, friends and their community, the Pontbriants formed the Larry Pontbriant Athletic Safety Fund. The fund donates AEDs, raises awareness about Sudden Cardiac Arrest, and provides grants to groups with AED programs that need monetary assistance. All are non-profits.
When asked what their definition of the word hero is, the Pontbriants replied, “A hero can be larger than life or just the guy next door that no one will know about except you. We run into them every day without realizing it.”
The ongoing efforts of the Pontbriant family certainly makes them a Red Cross Community Hero.