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Health & Fitness Cape Gazette TUESDAY, JUNE 17 - THURSDAY, JUNE 19, 20O8 23 Cardiac arrest survivors receive Phoenix Club Awards Rehoboth patrol promotes AED use By Tom Walsh tomwalsh@ca pegazette.com When Lloyd Buckley arrived in Rehoboth Beach for vacation two years ago, an event hap- pened that changed his life. Af- ter playing with his grandson on the beach, the Pennsylvania resi- dent suffered a heart attack that sent him into cardiac arrest. The next year, a similar inci- dent occurred when Scott Law- son entered the Rehoboth Beach Police Department building. Af- ter sitting down with officers, the man suddenly fell to the floor; he had no pulse. In both cases, the quick emer- gency responses of the Re- hoboth Beach Patrol and the Re- hoboth Beach Police Depart- ment led to the men being resus- citated. They fully recovered and are well today. Buckley and his rescuers gath- ered at the beach patrol head- TOM WALSH PHOTOS MEMBERS OF THE REHOBOTH BEACH PATROL Paul Stillman, left, and Rob Witsil demonstrate cardiopulmonary resuscitation. quarters in the Baltimore Av- enue Boardwalk area June 6, as the heart attack survivor was in- ducted into the Phoenix Club. The club is composed of men and women who have been giv- en a second chance at life through emergency action in Two survivors of cardiac arrest who were saved using an automatic defibrillator were inducted into the Phoenix Club, which reunites survivors with their rescuers. Shown are (I-r) rescuers Lars Granholm, paramedic, Cpl. Victor Letonoff and Cpl. Ray Edwards of the Rehoboth Beach Police Department. Two years ago, Lloyd Buckley, a vacationer from James Creek, Pa., suffered a heart attack on Rehoboth Beach. An emergency crew was able to come to the man's aid just in time. Shown are rescuer Sussex paramedic Lars Granholm; Buckley and his wife Betty Buckley; and Re- hoboth Beach Patrol lifeguard Paul Stillman. Sussex County. Lawson, who could not make the meeting, was also inducted into the club. The celebration was held dur- ing National Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Week and served to promote the use of the auto- mated external defibrillators (AEDs) that saved the two men's lives. Lars Granholm, a Sussex County paramedic and beach pa- trol emergency medical techni- cian, recalled the events that led him to first use the AED ma- chine. He said that after being called to help Buckley, who lay unconscious on the beach, he and fellow paramedic Paul Still- man started to follow emergency procedures. After medics as- seessed his condition, Buckley was shocked once, and he re- turned to consciousness. With- out the machine, Buckley would not be alive today, said Granholrn. Cpl. Ray Edwards and Cpl. Victor Letonoff of the police de- partment, who came to the res- cue of Lawson in 2007, also re- called the event that first led them to use an AED. "Mr. Law- son came into the department, I shook hands with him, went to sit down, and he iust fell over and stopped breathing," said Ed- wards. "We were able to use the AED in the office to bring him back to life right away." AED systems are commonly used by emergency crews, said Rehoboth Beach Patrol officials who set up demonstrations on the boardwalk to raise public awareness of the first-aid tool and its potential benefits. The AED machine is an easily operat- ed portable device used to diag- nose cardiac arrhythmia and treat it automatically with elec- trical stimulation. After the demonstration, Buckley, accompanied by rela- fives and his wife Betty, was pre- sented with a plaque and pin to commemorate the event that happened two years ago. Buck- Icy, who has been vacationing in Rehoboth for the past 30 years, expressed immense gratitude to the beach patrol for saving his life. Granhoim, who also serves as a chairman for the Phoenix Club, said he was overjoyed at the gathering held in honor of the survivors and their rescuers. "It is an emotional, pivotal moment for everyone involved to be re- united, ' he said. "Everything that happened has brought us a lot closer to the life- guards and EMTs [emergency medical technicians] here in Re- hoboth," said Buckley. "They are the best." The event also held a special meaning to Buckley and his wife, who celebrated their 39th an- niversary on the same day. HIV Testing Day is June 27: Do you know your HIV status? ational HIV Testing finger. Then I drop it in a devel- making that decision based on Day Friday, June 27, oper and we talk. You don't get incorrect information about HIV marks an acknowl- off the hook that easily. While or fear about what happens to edgment among HIV we wait for the developer to give you once you test positive. If service providers that we need us your results, we talk about duce sensitivity, stand in the way you have HI, all the evidence to raise awareness about HIV risk reduction and safe sex. It is of spontaneity, aren't always suggests you are better off and how we are all affected By not a sermon; we talk about available and sometimes break knowing it, and the sooner you HIV and AIDS. We encourage tools so you can lead a healthy, or slip off. All of these things are test, the better. Knowing you all men and women in Sussex happy and safe sex life. true to a degree. All can be min- are HIV negative allows you to County to get tested on this day For people who are sexually imized with some practice and make informed decisions about and encourage someone in their active, the most reliable way to some care. the sex you have. lives to get a test. prevent HIV infection currently Currently, the biggest problem I hope we will see some of The test that is being offered know their status. That is amaz- is consistent and proper use of facing the United States now is you at CAMP Rehoboth from 11 at CAMP Rehoboth and other Lag. We have the screening tool condoms. Unfortunately, they people who are HIV positive a.rn. to 7 p.m., Friday, June 27. locations in Sussex County is to help you fred out and there are not always used consistently and don't know it - either be- The facility is located at 37 Balti- called a rapid test. You come in, are still so many people who and properly, and many times cause they don't get tested regu- more Ave. For more information, talk with a counselor, ask any don't know. Do you know they are not used at all The larly or they don't think they are call 227-5620. CAMP Rehoboth questions you might have with- yours? Do you even know how numbers, of people infected with at risL Then there are those offers testing seven days a week, out embarrassment, till out to prevent HIV? HIV continue to increase, who would rather live in denial all hours of the day. Don't make some paperwork, take the test From start to finish the whole Teaching abstinence, monogamy or who are just too scared to excuses anymore; get tested. and get your results in 10 rain- process takes about 20 minutes, and even correct condom use is deal with the realities of being utes. You come in and give me some not working well enough, diagnosed with I-IrE. Dr. S,2ra S  the  dimtor As we approach testing day, info about yourself. We talk Let's face it: People don't al- Many men and women think of c/psa. He is a  diniad social worker and has a doctorate in human there are millions of people about the test and then we get a ways practice these things. I fre- they could be HIV positive but , r  1227-5620 mmtmd the world who don't few drops of blood from n- quently hear ttmt condoms re- have  not to test, often