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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2009 Archives > February 2009 > Life Saving Devices Donated to City of Buffalo and BPD

Life Saving Devices Donated to City of Buffalo and BPD

Contact Information:
Mike DeGeorge
Buffalo Police Department
(716) 851-4036

The Hertel-North Buffalo Business Association has graciously donated two defibrillators to the City of Buffalo and the Buffalo Police Department.

Mayor Byron W. Brown, along with Police Commissioner H. McCarthy Gipson, made the announcement at a City Hall ceremony Wednesday afternoon.

The defibrillators will be placed at Police Headquarters and the “D” District Police Station on Hertel Avenue.

“Devices such as Automated External Defibrillators are designed to save lives in emergency situations, when time is of the utmost importance”, said Mayor Brown. “Because of this very generous donation, our city residents and police officers will now have the equipment necessary to respond to persons in need of immediate cardiac care. These units save hundreds of lives every year and again I thank the Hertel-North Buffalo Business Association for this critical contribution”.

Commissioner Gipson said of the donation: “We are extremely thankful to the Hertel-North Buffalo Business Association for this donation. And because of the donation of these simple-to-use automated units, they provide us the potential ability to save a life, should the need arise”.

Jeff Rinaldo, president of the Hertel-North Buffalo Business Association, along with Carmen Palma, president of the Italian Heritage Festival, made the presentation to Mayor Brown and Commissioner Gipson. They were joined by “D” District Police Chief Anthony Barba.

Mr. Rinaldo said the money for the two defibrillators was raised by proceeds from the Italian Festival. The donation is worth over $5,000.00.

The Automated External Defibrillators(AED) are easy to use units based on computer technology. They are designed to be used by lay persons in an emergency situation.

According to a recent study by Johns Hopkins University, over 500 lives a year our saved in the United States and Canada by Automated External Defibrillators.