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Fire Chief Jack McElfish Receives Prestigious AHA Mission Award

Award recognizes leadership and contribution to the mission of the American Heart Association

Sandy Springs (Ga.) Fire Chief Jack McElfish has been selected to receive the 2011 American Heart Association Mission Award. The honor is presented in recognition of dedication and contribution to the core mission of the American Heart Association.

“We are proud of Chief McElfish and the fire department. They are not only responsive to our daily needs, but have been very forward thinking in identifying new ways to help educate the community,” said Sandy Springs Mayor Eva Galambos.

“We want to offer our congratulations to Chief McElfish. The Heart Association will always be grateful for your contribution to building healthier lives, free from cardiovascular disease and stroke,” added Michael J. Willingham, Senior Director, Mission: Lifeline for the American Heart Association.

Chief McElfish was recognized for his leadership in helping Sandy Springs become a “Heart Ready” city. The Heart Association noted the Sandy Springs’ “Learn it…Before You Need It” CPR pocket cards.

The cards, spearheaded by McElfish, utilize quick-response (QR) code technology, allowing the public to use mobile communication devices to download information, including an instructional video, to help recognize and treat sudden cardiac arrest.

More than 10,000 cards have been distributed throughout Sandy Springs, and the American Heart Association plans to replicate the program nationwide.

In presenting the award, the Heart Association also praised the city of Sandy Springs for its commitment to training city employees in CPR, hosting CPR events in the community and increasing the number of automated external defibrillators for public access within the community.


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