BAYONNE, NJ - In a heart emergency seconds count, and even the slightest delay in delivering at least initial treatment can mean the difference between a full recovery, or something much less, even death.

In Bayonne, Police Chief Robert Geisler said, even though residents have the benefit of treatment at two top-class emergency rooms, and often near immediate care from EMTs with McCabe Ambulance, his officers are taking steps to be even more well equipped.

On Thursday, Geisler joined Mayor Jimmy Davis and Public Safety Director Robert Kubert to thank BCB Bank for their donation of 10 portable Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs).

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An AED is a portable electronic device commonly used to diagnose dangerous cardiac conditions and, by delivering an electric current into the victim’s body, shock a heart back into an effective rhythm.

The lifesaving devices, Geisler said, will be placed in patrol cars, allowing for maximum coverage of the entire city.

“Bayonne is at its best, and safest, when we all come together to help each other,” Davis said. “While we hope these AEDs are never used, the reality is every single resident is safer because we have them.” 

“For us being a community bank isn’t just part of our name, it’s part of our mission,” Tom Coughlin, BCB’s CEO said adding that they’ve previously donated bullet proof vests. “The Bayonne Police Department meets its own mission to protect and serve every day, and we are proud to help support them.”


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