February 13, 2015 |
Most of what Glenn McClintock knows about the day his heart stopped, he pieced together later. But what the 62-year-old grandfather knows for sure is that first responders saved his life with CPR and at least five shocks from an automated external defibrillator before he arrived at the hospital. McClintock met the first responders Wednesday for the first time since they helped save his life in October. "It's important to encourage those people and thank those people for their service to others who they don't even know," said McClintock, of Glenmoore.
August 22, 2014 |
High school students in public schools across New Jersey will soon be taught how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation and use an automated external defibrillator. Acting Gov. Kim Guadagno signed legislation Wednesday that requires school districts and charter schools to include such instruction in their health and physical education curriculum. "I have a 14-year-old son who goes to high school next year," Guadagno said at a bill-signing ceremony Wednesday at Burlington Township Middle School.
July 16, 2014 |
For a generation of kids who grew up in Media, Chris Derrick's voice was the first they usually heard when they walked into the Media Youth Center. Before tryouts for the hoops league each year, Derrick would show the younger boys and girls the proper technique for shooting a basketball. He always seemed to know all their names. That's why when Penncrest High won the PIAA state boys' lacrosse title last month, Derrick was the link for many people in the community. They may not have known any Penncrest players, but they sure knew the assistant coach with the wavy hair and the knowing way about him, the guy who still knew their names if they encountered him walking down State Street.
May 25, 2014 |
SEBASTIAN GERENA, 7, had been really excited about his class project to hatch butterflies. He and his first-grade peers were anxious for the process to be complete. Unfortunately, Sebastian didn't get to see the result - the butterflies hatched Thursday at Andrew Jackson Elementary School. So, his teacher and classmates decided to release the butterflies "to meet Sebastian. " The release "left the kids with a positive feeling that he was with the butterflies," said principal Lisa Ciarianca-Kaplan, who described Sebastian as shy, funny and lovable.
October 22, 2013 |
When 87-year-old Lee Koff received a new defibrillator implant in January at Lourdes Medical Center in Camden, he paid estimated out-of-pocket costs of $125. That was not much more than the $81 he paid in 2010 for his previous defibrillator, a device that regulates his heartbeat. But about two months after the January procedure, Koff, who has Medicare Advantage health insurance from Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, received a statement saying he owed Lourdes $6,071.
October 17, 2012 |
ASSAULT CHARGES were filed Tuesday against a Westfield, N.J., man who allegedly participated in a brawl between two wedding parties at the Society Hill Sheraton this month. Meanwhile, the attorney representing the family of a man who died of a heart attack following the melee said he will investigate concerns that there was a defibrillator on site that didn't work and that the hotel may have irresponsibly served guests alcohol. Brian Lanza, 29, of Westfield, Union County, was one of two men originally issued a disorderly conduct citation following the early-morning fight Oct. 7 that was captured by a hotel guest on a video that has received more than 1 million views on YouTube.
June 12, 2012
2 shot to death in Mexican elections TUXTLA GUTIERREZ, Mexico - The campaign for Mexico's July 1 national elections has been marred by bloodshed. A candidate for a state assembly seat has been shot to death in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero, and a supporter of President Felipe Calderon's National Action Party has died of a gunshot wound in the southern state of Chiapas. This year's presidential and state races had been peaceful until now. Guerrero state officials say state assembly candidate Margarito Genchi was found shot to death in an area east of Acapulco.
May 5, 2012 |
Crowdsourcing? Social media? Twitter blasts? Fuggedaboutit. Contrary to expectations, the winners of a contest to locate lifesaving portable medical devices in Philadelphia relied on old-fashioned shoe leather. That was just one surprising outcome of MyHeartMap Challenge, the University of Pennsylvania's project to map the locations of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) — backpack-size gizmos that can save cardiac arrest victims if used in time. Another surprise: The original estimate of 5,000 public-access defibrillators was way too high.
May 4, 2012 |
Contrary to expectations, crowdsourcing, social media, and Twitter blasts didn't help win the MyHeartMap Challenge, the University of Pennsylvania's project to map the locations of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) - portable gizmos that can save cardiac arrest victims. The winners, Frankford High School athletic director Jack Creighton and information technology analyst Jennifer Yuan, relied on old-fashioned shoe leather. Each found more than 400 AEDs, and Penn announced Thursday afternoon that each will receive a grand prize of $9,000.
February 27, 2012
There are more AEDs - automated external defibrillators - to be discovered in Philadelphia. University of Pennsylvania researchers invite you to join in the contest to win $10,000 and also learn where to find the lifesaving devices. Go to for each day's clue and a chance to win.