Starting Hearts honors Eagle-Vail with first Starting Hearts Community designation |

Starting Hearts honors Eagle-Vail with first Starting Hearts Community designation

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EAGLE-VAIL — Starting Hearts will recognize Eagle-Vail with its first Starting Hearts Community designation at a special event at the Eagle-Vail Pavilion on Friday, Oct. 6, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The event is in conjunction with the last ice cream social of the year and is open to the public.

“I am so proud of my home, Eagle-Vail, for the concerted effort made over several years to make our community one of the safest in the nation for victims of sudden cardiac arrest,” said Lynn Blake, founder of Starting Hearts and a sudden cardiac arrest survivor. “Eagle-Vail has invested in defibrillator placements all over the community, including four on the golf course and several more on (U.S.) Highway 6.

“All in all, there are now 15 defibrillators, all readily available to the public on a 24/7/365 basis. We have been afforded many opportunities to train citizens at the Eagle-Vail Pavilion and raise awareness via newsletters and community events.”

The Starting Hearts Community Designation Program insures that a municipality has undertaken efforts in community outreach and engagement by providing defibrillators in key public locations and promoting awareness of those locations, encouraging defibrillator access in commercial areas, offering regular trainings on CPR and defibrillator use to residents and other initiatives.

“The Starting Hearts Community designation recognizes those municipalities that make a sustained effort to apply best practices in responding to sudden cardiac arrest,” said Alan Himelfarb, executive director of Starting Hearts. “Few realize this is our nation’s largest killer, with 1,000 deaths every day; but it need not be this way. With education, widespread distribution of defibrillators, and an activated citizenry, so many more lives can be saved. And every life is precious.”

Jeff Layman, community manager for Eagle-Vail, said the community is pleased to have prepared itself for the inevitability of sudden cardiac arrest cases.

“We want all of Eagle-Vail’s owners, residents and visitors to be aware of the wide distribution of defibrillators throughout our community, and how to use them, so we’ll all know how to respond,” Layman said. “Our Property Owners’ Association and Metropolitan District Boards have supported this program from the beginning.”

For more information on the Starting Hearts Community Designation Program, email

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