Donated AED put in place at Wyomissing Farmers Market

WYOMISSING, Pa. - One of Wyomissing's popular shopping destinations is now equipped with a life-saving device.

The Friends of Reading Hospital and HeartSAFE Berks County presented an automatic external defibrilator to the Wyomissing Farmers Market on Thursday.

The donated AED was purchased through HeartSAFE's discount program, which allows anyone in Berks County to buy an AED online at a discounted rate of approximately 40%.

"The Friends of Reading Hospital appreciate the kindness of the donor. This generous donation is a gift to the shoppers and employees of the market," said Mary Ellen Batman, president, The Friends of Reading Hospital. "We encourage all residents of the community to become familiar with the locations of AEDs in the community and learn the lifesaving skill of hands-only CPR."

Health officials credit AEDs for playing an important role in the chain of survival for a victim of sudden cardiac arrest.

Walter Petrowski knows that all too well. He was visiting the market in 2017, when he experienced sudden cardiac arrest. Wyomissing police Ofc. Matthew Cavallo, who had an AED, was just minutes away. He teamed up with Kelli Calvert, an off-duty registered nurse, who was shopping at the market, and Sgt. John Phillips, to help save Petrowski's life with the use of an AED.

"It gave a shock and almost instantaneously he came back," Phillips told WFMZ's Karin Mallett last year. "He started coming out of it and was becoming responsive to us."

For their efforts, Phillips, Calvert, and Cavallo were honored as American Red Cross heroes in 2018.

The Friends of the Reading Hospital has donated more than 630 AEDs to police, first responders, schools, and community organizations in Berks County. All of the devices have been registered with the HeartSAFE Berks County AED Registry.

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