Los Alamos Medical Center Donates AED to the Los Alamos community

June 26, 2019

In June 2018, Capt. Ernest Agnew and the Station 6 B-shift crew responded to a critical patient who was experiencing a medical emergency. The patient was immediately transported to the Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC). Capt. Agnew and his crew showed their concern and dedication, staying at LAMC to help medical staff to stabilize the patient. Their actions, in cooperation with the medical providers at LAMC, ultimately resulting in a life being saved.

The information gained from the life-saving experience was shared with hospital administration and at a Community Health Council Meeting, where it was discussed that the community would benefit greatly with having Automated External Defibrillator’s (AED) in public places. Liz Alvarez of LAMC, who attended the meeting, presented the idea to the Medical Center, who donated two AED’s to the community in the name of the LAFD first responders who went above and beyond to save a life.

Over the past year, and with the overwhelming support of LAMC CEO John Whiteside, the project has moved forward, with assistance from several Los Alamos County departments, including Information Management, Facilities, and Parks, and in collaboration with Los Alamos Heart Council and LAMC. The first AED was installed at Ashley Pond Park, near the public restrooms. The second AED will be installed at a future date at Sullivan Field.