(CBS) — Naperville has become the first Chicago area community to connect with a smart phone app that gives people trained in CPR or defibrillator use a way to put that knowledge to use.
“Naperville is not afraid to lead. We as a community are dedicated to innovation,” said Naperville Mayor Steve Chirico, talking about the city’s adoption of the Pulse Point Respond app.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Rounding Out The Warmest Weekend Of The Winter
Fire Chief Mark Puknaitis said: “Pulse Point Respond is an app that notifies registered users who are certified in CPR and AED use of a cardiac emergency within a 12-block radius of their current location.”READ MORE: MISSING: Khoshaba Dikyanos, 84, Last Seen In Lincoln Square
Chief Puknaitis says it’s hoped those who can help administer aid before fire units get there do so.
Time is critical.
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