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Renton Heart Month - Making a Difference

March 23, 2009

For more information contact:

Bill Flora, Deputy Fire Chief/Fire Marshal, 425-430-7000
Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director, 425-430-6569

Screenings Provided Thousands with Lifesaving Information

RENTON WA:  The City of Renton’s 3rd Annual Renton Heart Month was a huge success this year.  During February, over 5,000 participants attended various events and activities that encouraged people to take action to increase their awareness and reduce their risk of heart disease. Free screenings were provided to over 4,200 people, helping them identify whether they suffered from high blood pressure or high blood sugar. In addition, more than 500 people took advantage of the opportunities provided to learn CPR and how to use an automatic external defibrillator (AED).

“The amazing number of people reached was made possible only through the combined efforts of many dedicated individuals and groups,” said David Daniels, Fire Chief/Emergency Services Administrator. “Renton Heart Month is an important campaign that saves lives, and we are pleased to have the opportunity to partner with others that share our mission of reducing risks to our community.”

Part of the success of Renton Heart Month was due to the contribution of Brad Brotherton of Brotherton Cadillac in Renton, who generously donated public service announcements promoting the campaign. In addition, the local Lion’s Clubs (Fairwood, Kennydale and Renton) teamed up to provide three days of free screenings to citizens, utilizing a mobile screening unit staffed by dedicated and qualified volunteers. Valley Medical Center added their support and expertise by publishing an informational article by Dr. Bob Thompson, and by providing blood pressure/blood sugar screenings to Golden Care members.

Another successful element of Renton Heart Month was the annual CPR Saturday which was hosted by the American Red Cross serving King & Kitsap Counties, and held in Renton for the first time. The event took place on the campus of Renton Technical College. The Red Cross reports that over 500 people participated in the English, Spanish and American Sign Language classes provided in this day-long event with the help of over 100 volunteers.

For more information, contact the Renton Fire & Emergency Services Department at 425-430-7000.