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Subject: Heart Safe City Program Recognizes Contributions of Council Member Sapienza
The Heart Safe City program committee presented Greeley City Council member Donna Sapienza an award on 8/5/2013, recognizing her for her instrumental involvement from the program’s inception.
The award plaque reads “The accomplishments of a small group of people can truly make a difference in the lives of many.”
The plaque was presented by the program stakeholders who include: the City of Greeley, Greeley Fire Department, Greeley Police Department, Banner Paramedic Services, the NCMC Foundation and Banner Health Cardiovascular Institute.
Because of her early involvement, the Heart Safe City program received a shot in the arm which launched it to heights that may not have been otherwise achieved in such a short time. Because of her dedication to ensuring City involvement, the Heart Safe City program, in just 1 ½ years, was able to have over 347 city employees certified in CPR, over 250 citizens taught CPR for free, placed 28 Automatic External Defibrillation(AED) units in city facilities and Greeley police cars, partner with the NCMC Foundation to place an AED in every school in District 6 schools, and, to date, place over 6 AED’s in private businesses, all through the use of donation money. NCMC and The Heart Safe City program was also recently awarded the Larry King Heart of the Community Award which is awarded to only one program focused on heart health in the entire United States.
Without council member Sapienza’s avid involvement, Lt. Diershow, the City’s Emergency Medical Services Coordinator and chair of the Heart Safe City program committee stated, “it could have taken us several years to achieve these amazing results, but here we are today, having achieved so much towards saving people’s lives. Thank you.”