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Heroes foundation of NJ Awards CTSC AED
Posted Apr 5, 2019

The Heroes Foundation of NJ recently awarded CTSC with a brand new AED which will be located near the soccer fields.

In August of 2018 CTSC Board submitted an online application to the foundation requesting an AED which could be made readily available at Knight Park in the event of a cardiac emergency during a soccer game or practice.  The board, realizing the need for this potential life saving device, was extremely happy when we were notified by the foundation that they had approved our request..

On Thursday April 4th, Founder Pepi Dragotta and foundation member Grace Nucifore arrived to Knight Park to present our new AED to an excited group of players. Pepi's hope, and ours as well, is that this life-saving device will hopefully never be needed. 

The CTSC Board, parents, and players would like to thank this amazing foundation for this life-saving device and for providing our soccer community with the tools that are needed to keep our club safe.  Please see below for more information on this amazing foundation.

On November 18, 2015 Pepi Dragotta, a 39 year old husband and father of three, suffered from sudden cardiac arrest while playing a game of soccer with his sons team. Because of quick action taken by other parents at the field, and emergency responders only minutes away, Pepi survived this tragic event. He underwent a 6 bypass surgery at Cooper Hospital in Camden, NJ and has made a complete and full recovery.

Immediate CPR and the use of an AED is what ultimately saved Pepi’s life. There was not an AED onsite at the sports complex, and that realization moved Pepi to provide lifesaving equipment and CPR training at sports fields across Southern New Jersey. That was the spark to ignite this cause…this is how Heroes was born.
Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in the United States. When bystanders intervene by giving CPR and using automated external defibrillators (AEDs) before EMS arrives, 4 out of 10 victims survive.


 
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