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Frank Storch Helps Increase Safety in Baltimore Public Places

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It has been ten years since Project Ezra/Chesed Fund embarked on a program to install AEDs, Automated External Defibrillators, in synagogues and other public places in the Baltimore area.

“Thousands of lives each year would be saved if more

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defibrillators were placed throughout the country. We, as the Jewish nation, value life tremendously. The Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Program shows achdus, unity, and our commitment to help all Jewish people, regardless of their affiliations,”

said Frank Storch, the overseer of the Chesed Fund, to a group celebrating the inauguration of the program.

At least two people’s lives were saved as a result of having the AED devices installed in buildings throughout the area.

One person was Steven Silverman. In 2009 Silverman was at Saturday morning services in his synagogue, the Beth El Congregation when he suddenly had a sudden cardiac arrest. He was resuscitated by a trained member of his synagogue using the AED of the congregation.

“I’m more than 3 1/2 years post-sudden cardiac arrest. I’m deemed to be in good health, but my heart function is monitored regularly because of the pacemaker/defibrillator that is in my chest. I’m told that it is functioning perfectly. I’m not restricted in any way from any vigorous activities.

“I play tennis in two regular weekly doubles games. For the last two years I’ve been president of Beth El Congregation, and I’m a divorce law attorney, so I continue to be exposed to high stress levels without any cardiac side effects,” Silverman said.

Speaking about the success of the AED program Frank Storch exclaimed:

“Imagine if we didn’t do this,” said Storch. “Mr. Silverman wouldn’t be alive today.”

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January 6th, 2014 at 8:14 am

AED Saves Lives:Frank Storch

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AED Saves Lives

It is over ten years since the start of the AED program with the help of Project Ezra and the Chesed Fund of Baltimore. AED, which stands for Automated External Defibrillator, is a machine that can save the life of someone who is having a sudden cardiac arrest episode. Its importance cannot be overemphasized, as Frank Storch explains:

“Thousands of lives each year would be saved if more defibrillators were placed throughout the country. We, as the Jewish nation, value life tremendously. The Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Program shows achdus, unity, and our commitment to help all Jewish people, regardless of their affiliations,” Storch stated at a fundraiser for the program.

There is a great difference between a heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest, which is what the AED is used for, as Dr. Jerald Insel explained. If someone has a heart attack there is often time to get him to the hospital for treatment. But with sudden cardiac arrest the person simply loses consciousness and dies within just a few minutes.

“The heart just stops beating. An ambulance could take 10 to 12 minutes to get there. If you have a defibrillator and you use it, the person can be saved in the next couple of minutes.”

With an AED on hand a layman can employ the machine on the victim, and actually save his life.

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August 18th, 2013 at 8:40 am

Frank Storch Helps Bring Life Saving AED to Synagogues in Baltimore

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Frank Storch Helped Bring AED to the Baltimore Community

As the overseer of the Chesed Fund and Project Ezra in Baltimore, Frank Storch is able to help his community in many ways, including ways that can save lives. One example is the installation and maintenance of the Automated External Defibrillator, which can be used by a layman who has been trained to save the life of someone experiencing a sudden cardiac arrest. Without the AED on hand and easily accessible, most people who have SCA will not make it to the hospital alive.

Along with Frank Storch, Dr. Elimelech Goldstein helped get the AED project underway. And now, ten years later, he is still involved. Dr. Goldstein explained that he volunteered with Project Ezra in 2003. He taught CPR at Baltimore schools and synagogues, widening the reach of life-saving help in the community. The group discussed what more they could do to help save lives, and thought about AED, but the cost seemed prohibitive. Then one day an AED unit for only $1,000 became available.

“We called a meeting together at Suburban Orthodox [Congregation Toras Chaim] for basically every synagogue and Jewish school in the state. We had a pretty full room and we offered the program to everyone. There were not a whole lot of people who turned it down,” recalled Dr. Goldstein.

In the first several months 14 AEDs were installed around Baltimore, said the former overseer of Project Ezra. Now there are 70 AEDs in more than 50 locations in the Baltimore Jewish community, and several lives have indeed been saved.

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June 6th, 2013 at 10:04 am

Saving Lives is What the AED Program is All About

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Having an AED close by can save lives

Having an AED close by can save lives

Celebrating ten years since the launch of the life-saving Automatic External Defibrillator Program in Baltimore, Frank Storch was on hand to address the gathering of over 120 participants.

“Thousands of lives each year would be saved if more defibrillators were placed throughout the country. We, as the Jewish nation, value life tremendously. The Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Program shows achdus, unity, and our commitment to help all Jewish people, regardless of their affiliations,” Frank Storch commented.

Also on hand was one of the people who most benefited from having an AED immediately available. Steven Silverman spoke about how his life was saved by the AED that had been installed in his synagogue. He thanked those that instituted the program, as well as the people who knew how to use it.

“Project Ezra and Beth El saved my life along with the people who worked on me that morning (when he had suffered an SCA- Sudden Cardiac Arrest.) It is common nature not to dwell on those events on a daily basis, life gets in the way. But the program on Monday night refocused everyone’s attention on the need to make sure that proper training of personnel and maintenance of the equipment is given the highest priority,” Mr. Silverman said.

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May 19th, 2013 at 9:33 am