A survival story from our friends at Zoll

Defib For Life works with the best Automated External Defibrillators on the market. One is the Zoll AED Plus.

Our friends at ZOLL AEDs have shared this great save story. Merle Glasser had no prior symptoms, no warning and for a few minutes, no pulse. His co-workers jumped in to help and saved his life.

Having an AED nearby makes a significant difference between survival and death. Life can change in a second – and with the push of an AED button you can save a life in seconds.

Contact Defib For Life today and learn how your workplace can become Rescue Ready.

One year anniversary for survivor of SCA

Last year Liam Birch, a healthy fit young man playing football for the Wallan Magpies Under 19’s against Rupertswood, suffered a Sudden Cardiac Arrest and collapsed unresponsive to the ground.

A spectator at the game Tony Freeman saw Liam drop to the ground and ran to his aid. “He just sort of stood there, dazed, and then face planted. Not a faint, but a total body drop. So, I jumped straight over and when I got there, he was making gasping sounds.”

“I knew it wasn’t right, I checked his pulse and began administering the CPR… then we used the defibrillator and it saved his life.

Liam’s father Adam also rushed to his side – “it was the most traumatic experience of my life, to see my son staring blankly with nothing there – it was horrific.”

When Tony activated the defibrillator it shocked Liam once and after about 10 seconds, Liam came to. “It was the longest 10 seconds of my life” says Adam.

Liam’s life was saved by Tony Freeman, a quick thinking first responder and with the use of a defibrillator.

This Saturday 4th May Liam will once again be playing football against Rupertswood Football Club. Sue Buckman from Defib For Life will be there to support Liam’s comeback and to witness the reunion between Liam and Tony. Adam Birch will be there too, continuing to advocate the importance of installing defibrillators in every sporting ground across the country.

What if I am uncertain about using an AED?

This is a great question, and not a silly one at all. Just remember this rule: if the person is not breathing and has no pulse or has an irregular heartbeat, prepare to use the AED as soon as possible. If the person is breathing, regardless of whether they are responsive (conscious) or not responsive (unconscious), a defibrillator is not required.

Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) like the ones you can purchase in our online store are small computerised devices that analyse your heart rhythms via adhesive electrode pads attached to the person’s chest. The AED determines whether a shock is required and what size of shock is required to the heart and will then deliver the shock automatically. The shock delivered by the AED interrupts the chaotic rhythm of the heart and gives the heart the chance to return to its normal rhythm.

They only activate when necessary, eliminating the risk of a user error. They can be used anywhere by anyone to administer a life-saving shock with audio and visual prompts to guide first responders through the necessary steps. You cannot harm anyone by using a defibrillator, you can only help save their life.

NSW Community Awareness & Response to Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA)

Defib For Life, along with other organisations, were recently invited to attend a Forum at the Westmead Education & Conference Centre in Sydney.

The purpose was to come together to give our ideas to the NSW Government Health Department on ways to increase the survival rates of Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrests (OHCA). Sue attended and gave valuable insight to the work and survival rates here in Victoria, and to the processes that Ambulance Victoria have in place, such as the AED register, Community Awareness of Sudden Cardiac Arrest, and Public Access Defibrillators.

The Forum was attended by the Honourable David Hurley, Dr Kerry Chant PSM, NSW Chief Health Officer and Deputy Secretary Population & Public Health, along with NSW Ambulance.

The day included Round Table discussions on ways to increase public awareness of CPR, the need for Community First Responders, and Public Access Defibrillators.

It was a very interesting afternoon, and many valuable ideas and concepts were put forward for the Government Departments to consider.

It was agreed that all that attended would be asked to continue to support and assist in future meetings to help implement strategies.

Defib For Life will continue to support Public Access Defibrillators in NSW, and will attend further Forums later this year.

The Casterton Community is now Rescue Ready

Last week Sue had a great opportunity to visit the beautiful town of Casterton to present an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) to Sharon Gill, a lifeguard at the local Casterton swimming pool. Sharon had realised that although the local bowling club, footy club, and netball club all had AED’s on site, they were locked away, when the grounds were not in use.

She realised that their community was not rescue ready!

So, through the support of a dedicated community, they raised the funds and were able to purchase not only the AED but also the secured cabinet through Defib For Life.

This has been presented by Sue to Sharon and her supporters and is now proudly now placed on the outside wall of the pool, for public use.

The Casterton Caravan Park is located across the road from the swimming pool, and they will also benefit from having this nearby, which means peace of mind to all.


The presentation of the Defibrillator was attended by all those who had helped raise the funds including those from Sacred Heart School, a Mothers Group, the Local Paper, a Kinder Group and some people from the Caravan park.

At the end of the training session Sue was thrilled to see so many people with questions so she arranged for a CPR challenge with the mannequins, where all the school kids, mums, dads, and senior people, were able to get down, and really give it a go. The one thing they had in common, was they all said it was hard work!

A great save story from our friends at ZOLL out of the USA.

The community in Niagra County USA came together 5 years ago to raise funds to purchase an AED for their sports club after one of their team mates passed away.

Then on 20th December 2018, Tom Mooradin, a fit and healthy 55-year-old, who didn’t look like the type of person to go into cardiac arrest, suddenly did!

“I looked over my shoulder and I said, ‘Oh, three minutes. I’ll get out again,'” Mooradian recalled. “I remember skating to the bench, sitting on the bench. I slide over. That’s all I remember.”
His teammates later filled him in on the rest of the story.
“Ken, who was sitting next to me, panicked and started to yell from what the boys tell me,” Mooradian said. “They all came over and about four of them lifted me over the boards. Four more guys caught me and put me on the ice. They started performing CPR.”

The defibrillator that they purchased 5 years ago was put into use, and his life was saved.

Take the time to view the video. Do you have a defibrillator in your sports club?

Talk to us today about how we can help you and your community become rescue ready.

Presentation of 17 life saving AED’s in the Dandenong Ranges Community

At Defib For Life our mission is to get defibrillators installed in as many community spaces as possible, to ensure that no-one is less than 10 minutes away from one of these life saving devices.

In 2018 The Dandenong Ranges Community Bank Group launched its Defibrillator Sponsorship program which resulted in it distributing 17 Cardiac Science G5 Automatic External Defibrillators through Defib For Life to 17 groups within the community.

The Dandenong Ranges Community Bank Group Chairman John Waters said it was great to offer these life saving devices to so many groups in the community.

“These units are provided so that in the case of an emergency they are close at hand and can be used if ambulance is too far away” he said. “We hope they are never used but are pleased that there are now 17 additional AED’s in our community should the need arise”.

Each group receiving an AED will also be given face to face training by Defib For Life.

The recipients of the AED’s included a Riding Club, a Parish, a Bushfire Education Centre, several Primary Schools, a Metropolitan Traffic Education Centre, a Men’s Shed, an RSL Club, a Scout Group, a Recreational and Sporting Hub, CFA and SES outlets and two pharmacies.

“This is a great outcome for our communities and another example of how the community’s banking business produces great benefits,” Senior Group Manager Mike Fleming said.

Defib For Life are so proud to help play a part in this community initiative.

A reflection

Just reflecting on some previous save stories. Check out this story from our friends at Cardiac Science from 2017. Watching these save stories makes us sit and reflect on why we’re doing what we’re doing. Advocating to have AED’s installed in every School, Sports Club, Community Space and Workplace across Australia.





Young woman almost dies on a rowing machine

Defib For Life are happy to read of yet another save thanks to the quick thinking actions of a gym owner and the use of an Automatic External Defibrillator.

A young and fit 21-year-old Sunshine Coast woman is lucky to be alive after going into Sudden Cardiac Arrest after a seizure whilst using the rowing machine at her local gym.

A fellow gym member started CPR, whilst the gyms owner Mr Aaron Petterson rushed to get the gyms defibrillator.

“You learn how to use those things in your first aid course, but you never really use it,” he said.

He said even though he was in shock, the defibrillator was so simple to use that he knew exactly what to do.

“I pressed the shock button and her body sort of jumped off the ground like it was in the movies,” he said.

With the defibrillator and CPR, they were able to get Emily’s heart going again before paramedics arrived.

“Thank God. That thing is just absolutely brilliant and was able to save her life in the end,” Mr Petterson said.

Mr Petterson said the entire ICU team were commenting on how well the CPR process was done, the speed of 000 call, removal of obstacles, compression, stability of the head and correct use of the defibrillator.

The gym was required to have a defibrillator under its terms and conditions and now this lucky young lady wants to see defibrillators in every single gym.

“If I had of had it [at my old gym] then I probably wouldn’t be alive,” she said.

“It saved my life and it will definitely save someone else’s.”

Mr Petterson was extremely thankful he had one handy and wanted them to be placed not just in gyms, but in all businesses.

“We really need to start getting these out everywhere, because they’re even quite affordable these days,” he said.

It’s literally life and death.



Share your story with us

Sue was recently contacted by one of our supporters who, after reading our recent stories on the lives that were saved with the use of an AED, wanted to share one of her own.

“Whilst watching my son (24yrs) play outdoor soccer last year on a Sunday, an opposition team member (approx 50 years old) collapsed during the play. Several on-lookers, including myself, went to his aid. He had suffered a cardiac arrest. Luckily, the soccer ground was located inside a private college in Mt Eliza and they had several AED machines on-site. 000 operators where able to direct us to locate a machine, which we used twice. When the MICA unit arrived on scene, the gentleman was conscious. I met with the player, 6 weeks later, after he had undergone a triple by-pass.

One of the by-standers, a female soccer player, who performing CPR was a paramedic. In the weeks after this event, she held an informal CPR & Defib info session for the team members, which turned out to be very useful.

Later in the year, my son was playing soccer, this time in Dandenong, for a different team. Again, a team member collapsed (22 years old) suffered a cardiac arrest and required an AED to be administered. Thankfully the sporting facility had a defibrillator available and the young man was successfully resuscitated, before ambulance officers arrived on scene.

Witnessing two events in one year for my son, is quite amazing and thankfully because AED’s where available, the outcome on both days was positive.”

If you have a story to share let us know and we will help spread the word of how Automatic External Defibrillators (AED’s) save lives!