Honoring our everyday heroes: Hal Byrd

On April 11th, 2016 when Paramedic Hal Byrd of Lumberton, NC headed out to play a round of golf at Pinecrest Country Club, he was in good spirits and ready to play his favorite course like many times before. As the day progressed, he started experiencing symptoms of distress, but continued on golfing. Mid-course, he collapsed of a massive heart attack. The Lumberton Rescue and EMS team responded to the Emergency call not realizing the victim was one of their very own. When they arrived, they did everything possible to save Hal, but unfortunately he did not survive.

Hal’s paramedic unit members wanted to do something to remember and honor Hal, he was a paramedic for almost 20 years and a valued member of their team. The EMS crew came together and had an idea, to donate an AED in memory of their friend and partner. So they started a campaign to raise funds by selling wristbands engraved with LREMS and Hal Byrd’s name on them. The community responded and supported their efforts. Quickly, the donations started coming in and soon they had enough to purchase their first AED. As their group grew, it was featured in the news and more people were joining their mission. Through Pinecrest Country Club, former Pro Golfer Leonard Thompson gave the group their most generous donation, enough to cover the cost of one defibrillator. As of June, they had collected enough funds to purchase not just the one AED they wanted, but also two more.

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(L – R) Roger Taylor, Lumberton Rescue and EMS commander; Chris Jackson, golf course superintendent; Dwight Gane, Pinecrest’s head golf professional; Tonya Byrd, Hal’s wife; and Brad Byrd, Hal’s son.

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In July 2016, the first AED was dedicated to Hal Byrd’s memory, at Pinecrest Country Club. His son, and his friends, they still play there often and having an AED will ensure that if someone else experiences sudden cardiac arrest, they will have a better chance at survival. The second defibrillator will be dedicated in August, at Northeast Park. A large facility with several sports complexes that does not have an AED. The third defibrillator will be dedicated in September, at the Bill Sapp Recreation Center. The family is grateful to the Lumberton Rescue and EMS for creating a lasting legacy in memory of Hal Byrd.

One Beat CPR + AED is committed to raising awareness in our communities about the importance of learning CPR and having a ready AED. Together we can save lives, one heart at a time.

 

One Beat CPR + AED Summer Scavenger Hunt with Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation

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For the third year in a row, One Beat CPR, Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation and the American Camp Association are sponsoring the My Camp AED summer scavenger hunt.

We want to encourage all ages to find the nearest AED in camps across the nation. It is a summer-long initiative that brings attention to the importance of locating a defibrillator in time during an emergency. #ProtectingKidsHearts #MyCampAED #OneBeatCPR

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They found their AED! Join the Scavenger Hunt and find yours.. Ready, Set, GO!

Florida Department of Law Enforcement – Criminal Justice Information System Annual Training Symposium – 2016

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Each year, the Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Annual Training Symposium provides a forum for learning, networking, discussion, and information exchange for criminal justice agencies in Florida.

Attendees will hear from subject matter experts on the latest in communications, information systems, security policy, and updates to ongoing law enforcement and criminal justice programs. In addition, this year’s symposium has been extended to include Thursday afternoon and Friday morning to offer attendees with more in-depth training opportunities.

One Beat CPR + AED is participating in this event to promote public safety and present the Philips line of AEDs for Police and Emergency Personnel. We know first hand the importance of having a response system in place that includes a defibrillator.

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One Beat CPR is heading to the YMCA General Assembly 2016 in Kansas City, MO

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We are off to the YMCA General Assembly – a great example of american fellowship with staff, counselors and volunteers coming together to further an organization with a long history in our communities (and the world!). The Y is a landmark in every city and in the hearts of thousands of children.

Our goal with this event is to connect with members representing their communities. To share their values and become part of furthering their mission. We want to present our services and the products that we trust.

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USA vs CUBA Kickboxing at the Hard Rock Hollywood – Sponsored by One Beat CPR + AED

This is a historic rematch that first took place in Havana, in December 2015. This ended up a SOLD OUT event.

Now for the first time on US soil both teams will collide in the ring again.

Leading up to the fight, the Weigh ins are Friday night at 5:30 – Poolside at the Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood

*** WEIGH INS HAVE BEEN CHANGED TO 5980 SR 7, THIS IS THE OLD VOLUNTEER FIRE STATION ON THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF SR7 AND STIRLING RD. ACROSS FROM THE HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO IN HOLLYWOOD. THE TIME IS 5:30 PM.

PHYSICALS WILL BE CONDUCTED AT THAT TIME AND WE WILL ALSO HAVE THE RULES MEETING. **

Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 – Doors open for networking at 6:00 pm – Fights start at 7:30 at the HARD ROCK Ballroom

 

The proceeds of this event benefit Construction Angels who provide assistance to family members that have suffered a catastrophic injury while working in the construction industry.  Admission to the event is open to all ages and should provide a great night of entertainment for a great cause

 

We are proud to offer discounted tickets to our everyday heroes, 20% OFF for Armed Forces, Police, Firefighters and EMS personnel. Visit our social media pages to see the codes.

To get your tickets to this exciting match, click on    https://www.ticketriver.com/event/20545

We are ready and hope to see you there!

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Sheriff’s Deputy Awarded for Saving Life with CPR and AED

To Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy Ethan Moss, February 4th response to a 911 call was just part of the routine, but for homeowners, Tim and Roby Bush, Deputy Moss was a hero that day.  Upon finding Tim Bush unresponsive and not breathing, Deputy Moss immediately administered the automated external defibrillator (AED) and started CPR.  After just 2 minutes, Bush began breathing on his own and was transported to the hospital. The 54 year old has since been discharged from the Hospital and made a full recovery.  Deputy Moss received a Commendation award for saving the man’s life.

Montgomery County Sheriff John Fuson presents Deputy Ethan Moss with a commendation award for saving a man’s life.

Montgomery County Sheriff John Fuson presents Deputy Ethan Moss with a commendation award for saving a man’s life.

Deputy Moss, a four year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, husband and father of two boys, and United States Army veteran, is no stranger to saving lives. In July of 2015, Moss also saved a 62 year old man by administering an AED and CPR.

Law enforcement is often the first on scene to a medical emergency. Receiving CPR and first aid training and carrying an AED enables them to act quickly to save a life.  Deputy Moss was quick to apply his training to save a life; Mr. and Mrs. Bush couldn’t be more grateful.