Catalina Island News

Catalina SAR Team Donates Six Defibrillators to Conservancy Rangers

Catalina Island Conservancy

The tragic death of a mountain biker who suffered a heart attack on Pump House Hill Road near Middle Ranch earlier this year, has resulted in the donation of six automated external defibrillators (AED) by the Catalina Island Search and Rescue (SAR) Team to the Conservancy's Ranger Department.

Following the incident, SAR Team members made inquiries as to what piece of equipment could the Ranger Department - typically the first responders to incidents in the interior - use that would have possibly changed the outcome.

"An AED was the one piece of equipment that could have made the difference," said JJ Poindexter, SAR Team member. "It's been proven that cardio pulmonary resuscitation and early defibrillation during a heart attack episode greatly improves the chances of survival for the victim." 

Thanks to the Team's generous supporters, $12,000 dollars was raised to purchase the units that were donated to the Conservancy Rangers.

"This is just another tool in the drawer to use in the next emergency situation," said Poindexter. "The Search and Rescue Team works very close with the Rangers.  Anything we can do to enhance our teamwork and equipment is time and money well spent."

Accepting the AED units, for the Conservancy, were Lenny Altherr, Director of Facilities and Dave Skoff, Ranger.

The Catalina Island Search and Rescue Team would like to thank the following people for the dedicated and support to the Team and the Emergency Medical Services system on Catalina Island.

Al & Jean Breitenbach
Bill & Debbie Fredrickson
Brad Smith
Dr. Jules M. Perley
Dr. Steven Gammer
Geoff Rusack
Marty Brunn
Supervisor Don Knabe
Jo Swerling
Kip Cypress
Bret Cypress
Mike Mathews
Randall & Jody Barb
Robert Vanhoy
Ron Freeze
Ross & Christy Turner
Roy Rose
Dr. Kim Charney
Warren Platt
Claudia Canby