Boyertown Library receives donation of AED

Boyertown Community Library received an AED from HeartSafe Berks County through a donation from the Friends of Reading Hospital. From right to left are Library Board Member Russ Phillips, Director Susan Lopez, Board President Lindsey Riegner, Board VP Michael Murphy and in front are Anastasia Muzopappa and Claire Murphy.
Boyertown Community Library received an AED from HeartSafe Berks County through a donation from the Friends of Reading Hospital. From right to left are Library Board Member Russ Phillips, Director Susan Lopez, Board President Lindsey Riegner, Board VP Michael Murphy and in front are Anastasia Muzopappa and Claire Murphy. Submitted photo

BOYERTOWN >> Each year, more than 350,000 people suffer sudden cardiac arrest in the United States. Survival depends on immediate CPR and early Defibrillation.

An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a portable electronic device that identifies an abnormal cardiac rhythm and may shock the heart back into an effective heartbeat. CPR and use of an AED can double or even triple a person’s chance of survival.

Boyertown Community Library is pleased to announce it has received an AED from HeartSafe Berks County through a donation from the Friends of Reading Hospital.

The library, whose number of visits reached over 80,000 in 2017, is grateful to have this potentially life-saving device available.

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In honor of American Heart Month, the library held a CPR training for the community on Saturday, Feb. 24. The training was provided by Boyertown Ambulance. Fourteen people attended the training.

Library Director Susan Lopez plans to make this training available to the community every February.