Murrysville Medic One recognition emphasizes importance of learning CPR, AED

Because of quick thinking, teamwork and good training, three people who suffered sudden heart attacks in 2017 will get to enjoy the holidays this year.

Sigma Alpha Iota is holding a Benefit for Life.

Every year, the chapter, called Eta Mu, raises money for a specific cause, culminating in a large Benefit concert, this year on March 3rd. This year for the 16th annual concert, they have decided to raise money for the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association. This cause is especially important to us, considering a member of our chapter lost her older sister to sudden cardiac arrest a couple of years ago. We will be donating all of our proceeds we raise throughout this school year to the SCAA. In addition to raising money, we aim to truly educate people about the SCAA and sudden cardiac arrest.

The concert will be on Saturday, March 3rd from 7:30 to 9:30 PM in Lincoln Theater on the University of Hartford campus (200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06117).

October is Sudden Cardiac Awareness Month

We are asking our Chapters to promote Awareness of SCA in  their communities and states by reproducing our new SCA COPE Brochure and distributing it to cardiologists, electro-physiologists and hospitals--so they can in turn, give the brochure to their patients. The Cope-Line program is working very well, aiding survivors and ICD implantees and their family members in coping with their new status as a Survivor or Implantee or one of their loved-ones. 
The new brochure has been made possible by Bonnie Beach and UW Health which is the integrated health system of the University of Wisconsin-Madison serving more than 600,000 patients each year in the Upper Midwest and beyond. The brochures are being distributed in the UW hospital network which is our largest single distribution effort to date.
The brochure is editable, so Mary can edit your local contact name and number in.  Please download it at a local printer of your choosing and help others become more aware of SCA and help others COPE, as well.
We are also please to announce that certain chapter leaders and our Board members are receiving the beta version this month of our online store which we plan to roll out to the public in November. The site will help with distribution of AEDs through our chapters and directly to the public.  
Mary Tappe, Chairperson
Richard Brown, Executive Director


1-855-COPE-SCA (1-855-267-3722)


ACCESS—The SCAA COPE-LINE is now operational. SEE the COPE tab on this SCAA website for more information on how to access the COPE-LINE.

WHO IS IT FOR?—The COPE-LINE is for Survivors of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) and ICD Implantees or family members of either group.  It offers an opportunity to speak live with someone who is a survivor of sudden cardiac arrest and/or has been implanted with an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator, commonly called an ICD or an internal defibrillator.

WHO WILL YOU TALK WITH?—The caller will not receive medical advice, but will be able to talk with a Survivor or Implantee who has experienced a similar situation, is familiar with many of the issues surrounding coping with sudden cardiac arrest or ICD implantation, and has talked with many other people who have arrested or been implanted.

COPE-LINE A KEY ELEMENT IN A NEW LINK IN THE CHAIN OF SURVIVAL—The COPE-LINE has been created to implement another effective link in the Chain of Survival

The Chain of Survival

Call 911—Effective, early, bystander CPR—Rapid defibrillation (AED)—Effective advanced life support—Integrated post resuscitation care—COPING with the consequences.

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steve johnston 

     Date of Birth:
     Monday, June 11, 1956
     Date of Death:
     Wednesday, May 31, 2017
     60 years old



Former SCAA Board member Steven James Johnston, age 60 died of a heart attack on May 31st, at his home in Rochester, MN. Steve was involved with SCAA since its infancy and provided insight and passion to our Board deliberations and to the organization as a whole. He was instrumental in creating our Recognition program for Rescuers and Survivors of SCAA.

Steve is survived by the love his life of 28 years, Connie, and two adoring children: Matthew, Jennifer and her husband Scott, who he loved like a son. He leaves behind four siblings and many nieces and nephews. Steve is preceded in death by his parents: Gordon and Bettie Johnston and two siblings.

Steve made incredible contributions to society during his 35 year career in Law Enforcement. He started working at age 16 as a dispatcher for the Tracy Police Department.  He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Law Enforcement and Corrections from Mankato State University, graduating magna cum laude. He then accepted a position as a patrol officer with the Rochester Police Department. Over the years he moved up the ranks and ended his career as Deputy Chief. Steve attended the FBI National Academy and a graduate program in Law Enforcement Administration.

One of Steve’s greatest contributions was development of the Early Defibrillation Program. This is a police-based defibrillation program that is now considered the most effective program in the world.  In Rochester alone, it has saved the lives of more than 250 people. Steve dedicated a lot of his time and energy helping other police departments around the world implement similar life-saving programs. His influence and efforts in raising funds for defibrillators and training for police officers is unprecedented, and has helped save thousands of lives each year.

Steve had many other significant career accomplishments, far too many to list, but to name a few; he automated the issuance of parking citations and warrants, constructed the Animal Control Shelter, developed the Communications Unit, obtained $200,000+ in grant funding for automatic vehicle location equipment, testified before the MN Legislature to help get funding for the purchase of defibrillators for the MN State Patrol, drafted and helped enact MN Statue 609.505 subdivision 2 making it a crime to falsely accuse police of misconduct, and upgraded Rochester’s 9-1-1 system. As a true public servant, he was an avid volunteer, served on many boards, committees, and took on several leadership roles within those organizations.

Most importantly, Steve was a devoted Christian and loving husband, father, brother and uncle.  He loved helping friends, family, and even strangers however he could.  He was extremely humble and his kindness and dedication to others was second to none. Steve had an amazing sense of humor and loved to joke around.

Public visitation will be held Tuesday, June 6 at the Autumn Ridge Timothy Chapel 3611 Salem Road SW, Rochester, from 5-7 pm and one hour before the funeral service held at 11 am on Wednesday, June 7 in the main auditorium of Autumn Ridge Church. Memorials may be made to the family who will disperse among his favorite causes.

Online condolences are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com


Woman Thanks Paramedics Who Saved Her Life

Stephanie Gavshon contacted the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association (SCAA) COPE-LINE and spoke with Mary Tappe, a fellow sudden cardiac arrest survivor. Mary talked at length with Stephanie, discussing those feeling that other survivors intuitively understand. Stephanie was very interested in hearing how her rescuer's would greatly appreciate being thanked in person, given such a small percentage of people survive sudden cardiac arrest. SCAA provided the certificates and medals that Stephanie provided to her paramedics. SCAA is very happy to have played a very small part in helping Stephanie and her family recover. If you know of anyone impacted by sudden cardiac arrest, please have them call SCAA's peer-to-peer COPE-LINE at 1-855-COPE-SCA (1-855-267-3722

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I have a long history of heart disease. Starting at 37 years old in 1977 old when I was diagnosed with heart disease. In 1978 I suffered an M.I. In age 44 I had my first 7 vessel CABAG surgery. In 1992 an "Electro Conversion" was preformed for "Arterial Fibrillation" which only got me back into normal rhythm for a few weeks and then the AF returned and I have lived with it ever since handling it with medication.

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