Central Park–Getting an AED into the Heart of New York City

Posted on Oct 20, 2013 | 2 comments

central-park-fall1Quite honestly, I did not know where to start having never been to Central Park.  All I knew was that it was of a large scale and that we needed to find a secure location for the AED. 

I wasn’t about to let any obstacle deter me. 

Mayor Bloomberg is obviously a very busy man and I respect the work that he does for the State of NY but I also believed that the work Rescue Heart does is of importance and if saving lives and making a community a safer place doesn’t get attention, I do not know what will. 

I made a call to Mayor Bloomberg and his Chief’s of Staff for Parks and Recreation to get the ball rolling.  We engaged in a few conversations and they were more than happy to help us find a secure location for the AED.  There are legalities and codes that need to be followed when installing an AED. 

It was all falling into place but then, Hurricane Sandy hit.  This took priority, naturally, which caused a delay in the process. 

Some months passed and we were back in communication to get the AED placed in NYC.  

In the meantime, I had the AED engraved with the donors names and got it ready for presentation.  May 2013, I received a call from The Mayor Bloomberg’s office.  A call that I had been long waiting for saying that “we have a secure location for your AED.” 

All of us at Rescue Heart were overjoyed!  It took a year working collaboratively to get this end result.  The Zussman family, The Rescue Heart Foundation Board members and myself will be flying to NYC for the AED presentation sometime after the New Year!


  1. Nice post. Thank you!

    • Thank you, Mike! It’s all falling into place and we are excited to have the AED in NY after the New Year!

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