Our Gala will be going virtual this year. Please calendar April 30, 2021 at 6PM for a very special online program with unique auction items exclusive to the Gootter Foundation.

The Steven M. Gootter Foundation continues to provide Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) to non-profit organizations in Southern Arizona. To date, we have distributed more than 350 to first responders (law-enforcement vehicles), local area schools, places of worship, and other Southern Arizona non-profit organizations that did not have these life-saving devices. AEDs have the capacity to rapidly resuscitate those suffering from ventricular fibrillation cardiac arrest and can be deployed by lay public rescuers as well as professional emergency responders. Minutes count and an AED can be the difference not only between life and death, but importantly for a victim resuming a high quality life with normal brain function.

We are excited to announce that the Public Safety Communications Department began simultaneous broadcasting of cardiac emergency calls on Tucson Fire and Tucson Police frequencies. Since TPD officers have all been trained in compression-only CPR and have access to Gootter Foundation-donated AEDs in the field, there are times when they will be able to reach the patient and begin life-saving measures before Tucson Fire Department arrives. When minutes mean the difference between death and survival, it only makes sense to have this capability. This initiative will greatly strengthen the chain of survival and make Tucson a safer community.

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