2019 AED Giveaway Winners

At AED.US, we’re committed to reducing the number of preventable Sudden Cardiac Arrest deaths by placing as many life-saving AEDs in our communities as possible. This is our mission, passion and duty. That’s why we created the weekly AED Giveaway!

LIFEPAK AED donated by

“I work with a property management company and also involved with a lot of my kids school activities and have been around when an AED has saved a life. I keep the unit in my office because we have about 1,500 tenants and I think it’s a very good idea to have one there.” Doug Spiers

“I’m an AEMT/ Volunteer Fire Department in our rural area of Keno, Oregon. I plan on having this precious piece of equipment in with my first out bag. The people whom would have access to AED would be numerous.” John Prock

“I entered the contest due to my dad turned 61 on February 19th. I will use it in my home.” Barbara Harrell giveaway recipient Eddie Pfeifer “I will be donating my AED to the Wood-Ridge Fire Department EMS as I am a Life Member of the Department. I was an EMS member for over 15 years. My Dad still lives in the town and their EMS is always there to assist him.  I never thought I would win!” Eddie Pfeifer “I plan on donating it to my church. We are in an older congregation where the average age is 75.  I am one of the younger ones at 55, and we are at least 45 to 50 miles from the nearest hospital. Last October, I myself had a heart attack.  We do have a couple EMT’s in our church, and I feel even more safe having one of these on hand.” Renee Smithana “We plan to use our AED at all our company events from small 100 person events to large heavy impact festivals. Our organization employees and leaders volunteer for a local nonprofit organization, Texas Rescue Patrol, where we help people in both El Paso county and Hudspeth county EMS areas.” Michael Sarabia Merle Bryan, giveaway winner “I donated the AED to my church, Hope Baptist church in Neshoba County, Mississippi. I decided to enter to try and improve the safety of the church.” Merle Bryan “This AED will be used by a nonprofit organization called Texas Rescue Patrol. We provide free EMS services to the off-road community in El Paso County and work with other agencies to monitor Montana which is a main road people use to travel. This AED will be in an off-road emergency vehicle that responds to emergencies in those areas.” Kristine Sarabia AED donated by “I’m a Volunteer Firefighter and a first rounder. I plan on keeping it in my vehicle for BLS response and my other job.” Edward Griffith Zachary Smith, recipient of AED donation from “The AED will be with the track medical responders. The Potterville Sod Slingers have a lot of elderly fans that come and cheer and get excited and I thought an AED is an important tool for the track to have for the Medical team.” Zachary Smith

“I will locate the AED in the forestry office of The Missouri Department of Conservation in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. I decided to enter the contest because we have people coming into the office on a regular basis and you never know when an AED may be needed.” William Cato

AED donated by “My AED is being utilized as a mobile AED as I am an EMT in St. Peter, Minnesota and sometimes respond directly to the scene of an emergency. Thankfully I have not had to use the AED yet but it is reassuring to know that I have it if needed. I have included a picture of the AED along with my personal jump/O2 bag. I would like to thank for offering this contest as I believe it is a great thing that will save lives!” Roman Hagen “I am planning to keep it on my firetruck to have when we go on wildland fires because often we are out where there is no other immediate help. I entered this contest because I have known firefighters who have gone into cardiac arrest on the line and maybe would have been saved if there was an AED available. I don’t want to have that happen to anyone I am working with or around. This could save lives where we don’t normally have access to advanced care.” Scott Atterberry giveaway recipients “I volunteer for Texas Rescue Patrol a non-profit Medical Organization and decided to enter to get a chance to give back to them because they do so much for our community and this AED will help us save lives!” Gladys Bustillos  “I am going to donate it to my fire department so we can put it in our command rig.” Lee Stinger “I’m a paramedic and volunteer my time providing first aid to church events, as well as off road recreational areas where EMS access is limited. I decided to enter because as a CPR instructor I know how crucial it is to defibrillate an individual to ensure we increase their chances of survival.  Here it is with Medical Volunteers at the Jehovahs Witnesses Regional convention In El Paso Texas with over 3500 in attendance.” Carlos Alarcon giveaway winner Kelsey Broome “I am a firefighter at Penn Yan Fire Department in Penn Yan, New York. Our Chief does not have a AED in his car and I plan on donating it to my firehouse so when we get called to a CPR call and my Chief is the first person on the scene, we will have access to a AED!” Kelsey Broome  “I plan on donating this to the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska Tribal Fire Dept.  My husband just got appointed chief and we are striving to make improvements for the community.  This opportunity means a lot to me as well as I am sure it will to the tribe.” Deanna Hilderbrand  Cardiac Science AED donated by

“I plan to use my AED both at home and work. I’m a heart patient and a police officer, so in both places it’s a good idea to have. I was told about the program and decided I can’t afford one but it would be prudent.” Marcus Christianson

“I intend to carry it with me as I am an EMT with a small volunteer agency that generally responds directly to the scene. We are strapped for cash at a budget of approximately 10,500 and it would be a great asset to the community.” Alex Justi Fire Chief Richard Jandreau, giveaway winner “I plan to use the AED in our community due to being a Fire Chief, EMT and CPR Instructor. I am also a school bus driver and the device will be stationed at our bus garage since we don’t have an AED in the facility!” Richard Jandreau 

Tara Bess, giveaway winner

“I entered the contest because my best friend lost her brother to sudden cardiac arrest when he was only 13 years old during gym class. Had the school’s staff been properly trained, and an AED centrally located, Michael may still be with us today. This AED is in honor of Michael Christopher Abt, Jr.” Tara Bess

Pastor and members of Calvary Tabernacle of Praise, giveaway winners Members of Calvary Tabernacle of Praise, giveaway winners

“On behalf of the pastor and members of Calvary Tabernacle of praise, we want to tell you and your team thanks for extending your helping hands towards our church by saving lives.” Levi Boluwo

Auburn Village School staff

AED.US partnered with Parent Heart Watch for their #GetChargedUp program where 4 schools will now be prepared for a cardiac emergency, including school nurse Ellen Warecki at Auburn Village School in New Hampshire!

Henry County (Indiana) Sheriff's Office staff, donation recipients AED.US has also donated to Henry County Sheriff’s Department in New Castle, Indiana.

Blog By Blaire CzarnieckiWritten by Blaire Czarniecki Customer Service Director

Fact checked by Phillip Woods, BA, NREMT-P, FP-C

Blaire attended the University of Tennessee where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology- Child and Family Studies. She has been in the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) industry for over eight years and is the Director of Customer Service for Coro Medical. Blaire is also an American Red Cross-certified CPR/AED/First Aid Instructor, highly trained by each manufacturer on their specific AEDs, and knowledgeable regarding ALL State AED regulations and legislation.

“I know that every day I come to work, I am playing a part in saving someone’s life. I am passionate about these devices and am always looking for new and innovative ways to spread awareness and knowledge about Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). I look forward to the day when everywhere I go, I will see an AED—when SCA will no longer take any lives.”

Last updated September 25, 2019