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Saving time does save lives.

At O'Hare Airport, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers process thousands of international travelers to this country. But last spring, CBP officers went beyond the call of duty using CPR and a shock from an AED to save the life of a returning traveler who had collapsed near a baggage carousel.

"Our CBP officers at O'Hare respond with the AED units several times per month and save several lives every year using the training," said CBP Chicago Port director Carl Ambroson. "Classes are offered by the City of Chicago every month at both O'Hare and Midway Airports."

Time and again, prompt action and immediate use of an AED have saved lives, thus offering convincing support for the Neighborhood Heart Watch's mission to place AEDs in every neighborhood in the country, along with schools and public arenas such as sporting facilities and airports. The 15-year-old program at O'Hare, which positions AEDs one minute apart, was the first of its kind in this country. More than one third of all Port of Chicago CBP officers have become certified through O'Hare's eight-hour training course in AEDs and CPR. Kudos to CBP!
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Title Annotation:automated external defibrillator
Publication:Saturday Evening Post
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2007
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