TAVARES — A recent visit to the YMCA in Tavares for two off-duty firefighters turned out to be a life-saving situation for one Lake County resident.
On Wednesday, July 27, Danny Chimento, a firefighter with Lake County Fire Rescue and Mike Bodner, a volunteer firefighter from Fruitland Park Fire Department were exercising at the facility when they noticed a fellow patron collapse. Both firefighters responded immediately, with one beginning Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), while the other grabbed the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) located on the premises.
The patient was successfully treated through defibrillation, and started to regain consciousness when emergency responders arrived on-scene. The patient was later transported to Leesburg Regional Medical Center, and is recovering.
“It all happened so fast,” said Chimento. “The total time to bring him around was only about two and half minutes.”
Nine years ago, Lake County Fire Rescue began a Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) program to increase the number of AED devices in Lake County, and to increase awareness and training opportunities necessary to use the device.
AEDs are becoming commonplace at many businesses and public facilities in Lake County. The American Heart Association continues to stress that early defibrillation is the key to saving lives.
“We want the public to know these life-saving tools are available to them,” said Jack Fillman, Assistant Chief, Lake County Fire Rescue. “While they are easy to use and usually offer verbal instructions once activated, training is still a necessary link in the chain of survival.”
For more information on AED training classes or the PAD program, contact Jack Fillman at (352) 343-9458.