MLEMS Safest Community Initiative

July 4, 2015 began just like any other holiday for Pete Gluszek’s family. While swimming in the family pool Pete’s son yelled that his grandfather was in trouble. Pete pulled his father from the pool and immediately began administering CPR. Within minutes Mount Laurel EMS and Fire crews responded along with paramedics. As a result of Pete’s immediate action, the outcome was positive and his father was released from the hospital after just seven days later. Hear Pete's story in about the incident.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is the leading cause of death in the United States, taking the lives of more than 300,000 people each year—one person every 2 minutes. Eighty-two percent of SCA occurs in the presence of a loved one.

There is a tremendous need for training community members in the correct administration of CPR. On average, only 10.6% of EMS-treated SCA victims survive. However, when bystanders provide CPR and use an AED before the arrival of EMS, survival rates have been shown to increase the survival rate to 38-45%.

Virtua Hospital and the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders recently launched the Pulse Point App, which alerts CPR-trained community members to nearby cardiac arrest victims in need of help. The training of community members through the Safest Community Initiative will increase the likelihood that a life can be saved by providing the trained responders to answer the call for help. The Safest Community Initiative can help make Mount Laurel, Burlington County, and the State of New Jersey a safer place to live, work, and visit.
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Safest Community Sponsors

Johnson and Towers Inc.

Holman Automotive

Slack Inc.

Verisk Insurance Solutions

Sacred Heart Knights of Columbus



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