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!