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Leadership Greer project aims to save lives through AED, emergency kit placement throughout city

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Leadership Greer's class project includes placing 20 AED's and Public Emergency Response Kits throughout city (Source: Leadership Greer). Leadership Greer's class project includes placing 20 AED's and Public Emergency Response Kits throughout city (Source: Leadership Greer).
AED kit at Greer's Fire Department (FOX Carolina: 1/312018). AED kit at Greer's Fire Department (FOX Carolina: 1/312018).
AED kit at Greer's Fire Department (FOX Carolina: 1/312018). AED kit at Greer's Fire Department (FOX Carolina: 1/312018).
GREER, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Tony Gilliard is a living, breathing example of how big of an impact an Automatic External Defibrillator can make on someone's life. 

"No pain, nothing, just ran down the court and came down this end of the court, made a basket, jogged down to the other end of the court and fell down," said Gilliard.

Back in July 2013, inside the gym at Fairview Baptist Church in Greer, Gilliard suffered a heart attack. The guys he played along side immediately performed CPR. He credits them and an AED with saving his life.

"They went and got the defibrillator machine and hooked it up to me... And it shocked me and obviously put everything back in order," said Gilliard, "This device is a life saver and it saved my life." 

So, it's no surprise Gilliard said he is in full support of the current Leadership Greer Class's mission to get 20 AED's and Emergency Public Response Kits, to help stop bleeding, placed throughout the city in key locations.

Marc Metcalf, a member of Leadership Greer, said this project is all about better equipping citizens to help save lives.

"If someone has a car wreck, gets cut or a chef gets cut with a knife... You can do a life saving-technique, your average citizen can, to stop that bleed until first responders get there," said Metcalf.

First responders like Greer Fire Deputy Chief Josh Holzheimer knows what happens in the moments before he gets on scene are critical.

"If you go from 0-4 minutes and they're not getting that circulation, their chance of survival diminishes rapidly. So getting that AED in the public and they can do that shock before we even get there with a decent response time is improving their chance of survival," said Deputy Chief Holzheimer.

Holzheimer said the response time in the city is typically 4-5 minutes but in a cardiac arrest situation he said the AED can make all the difference. 

Leadership Greer does need help raising the money to fund all of the machines and kits. The group will also provide CPR and AED training through the project.

For more information on how to donate to or sponsor the project, you can contact the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce.

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