During a celebration with top Denver business and community leaders at the Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab (CELL) in Denver today, the American Red Cross installed the final of 1,000 free, lifesaving Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) provided by the Save A Life Denver program.
The AED installation and celebration marked a milestone achievement for the Save A Life Denver program, which was launched by the Red Cross in partnership with Denver Health, 9News and Philips Healthcare three years ago with the mission of improving local survival rates for sudden cardiac arrest, a leading cause of death in the United States. Save A Life Denver aimed to achieve this by placing AEDs in high-traffic and high-need areas, training thousands of people in CPR, and raising awareness that bystanders can save lives by using AEDs and learning CPR.
“Thanks to Save A Life Denver, our city now has access to 1,000 additional AEDs, and because of that we’re greatly honored to participate in this critical effort,” Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock said during the ceremony. “Our public safety professionals aren’t the only first responders during emergencies; it is our citizens who are riding the light rail, visiting the zoo, or on a flight who jump in to action to help an individual experiencing cardiac arrest, and we know that these ordinary people can save lives and become heroes thanks to the equipment and training provided through Save A Life Denver.”
Due to a generous private grant, the Red Cross was able to provide 1,000 AEDs for high-traffic locations such as libraries, public buildings, museums, schools, businesses and places of worship. On Feb. 28, the Red Cross installed the 1000th AED at The CELL.
“As a gathering space where people learn about community safety, The CELL is exactly the type of highly visited public space that should have an AED and staff trained to respond to a life threatened emergency,” said Larry Mizel, Founder of The CELL. “I would like to thank the Red Cross, Denver Health and the Save a Life Denver Program for providing the opportunity for the CELL to take part in such an important mission and to continue to help save lives.”
Other high-profile recipients of the devices included: Denver Public Schools, Denver Public Library, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Brown Palace, TIAA CREF, the Denver Zoo, Volunteers of America, Boys & Girls Clubs, Goodwill Industries, the City of Denver, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, the University of Denver, RTD FasTracks, Frontier Airlines, the Denver Botanic Gardens, and many more.
“This milestone is about more than the devices: it’s about achieving success in strengthening our community’s level of preparedness and saving lives,” said Gino Greco, CEO of the American Red Cross Mile High Region. “Through this effort, we have built relationships with scores of community organizations, businesses and schools that will continue to work towards saving lives and being more resilient in the face of disasters and emergencies.”
With the successful accomplishment of the goal of installing 1,000 AEDs in the City and County of Denver, Save A Life Denver will continue its focus on improving sudden cardiac arrest survival rates through community education, training, and increasing public awareness of and access to AEDs.
“AEDs are a critical link in the sudden cardiac arrest chain of survival. When implemented early in a cardiac event, AEDs can dramatically improve a victim’s chances of survival. Denver Health and Save a Life Denver are committed to continuing the safety, preparedness and wellbeing of our community,” said Dr. Christopher Colwell, Director, Denver Health Department of Emergency Medicine.
For more information about Save A Life Denver, visit www.savealifedenver.org.