As the owner of Med Tech Ambulance Service, Gary Reis has worked to aid both health care professionals and residents of Pawtucket, Rhode Island. In addition, Gary Reis has also donated automated external defibrillators to the Pawtucket Parks Commission.
Pawtucket, with a population of about 71,000 people, recently received a HeartSafe Community designation by the American Heart Association and the Rhode Island Department of Health’s Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention Program. This program seeks to save lives by ensuring a community is prepared to provide early care in response to cardiac arrest. Part of this goal is making sure more members of the community are CPR-trained as well as increasing the number of AEDs available in public spaces and carried by first responders.
Activities such as CPR/AED classes and public safety officials’ promotion of CPR/AED response, earn communities points during the application process for the HeartSafe designation. When a person experiences sudden cardiac arrest, the chances of survival increase dramatically when high-quality CPR and an AED are used, even before first responders arrive.