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Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association Honors Illinois Governor Pat Quinn for Legislative Efforts to Increase Survivability of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

CHICAGO, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- October is Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month, and the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association (SCAA) honored Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn with the 2009 Public Leadership Award for his work to raise awareness of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), prevent sudden cardiac death and improve cardiovascular health. The award was presented at the SCAA Awards Dinner on Saturday, October 10, 2009, at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Chicago, Illinois, during the SCAA Annual Meeting.

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"From his work on legislation that requires automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and establishes a funding source to pay for the devices, to his appreciation and public recognition of emergency responders, Governor Quinn has played an active and visible role in the broad deployment of AEDs and in educating the citizens of Illinois about the public health crisis related to SCA," said Chris Chiames, executive director of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association.

While lieutenant governor of Illinois, Quinn worked with the Illinois General Assembly to pass the Colleen O'Sullivan law requiring defibrillators in schools, indoor park district facilities and physical fitness facilities. At his urging, the General Assembly also established the Heartsaver AED Fund, which helps make AEDs more affordable by providing matching grants to those entities. In 2008, Quinn worked to expand the Colleen O'Sullivan Law to require defibrillators at outdoor park facilities as well. Throughout his tenure as lieutenant governor and now governor, Quinn has been one of the nation's most visible public officials and advocates for improved emergency response for SCA victims. He continues his public push for defibrillators by recognizing the life-saving efforts of first responders, whether they are emergency personnel or lay bystanders. His efforts have raised awareness throughout Illinois about the critical job of first responders, the importance of widespread deployment of AEDs and the public health crisis related to SCA.

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association (SCAA) is the nation's largest non-profit advocacy organization exclusively focused on sudden cardiac arrest. SCAA identifies and unites survivors, those at risk of sudden cardiac arrest, as well as others who are interested in being advocates on SCAA issues in their communities. Its membership is dedicated to promoting solutions to prevent sudden cardiac death, including increased awareness, immediate bystander action, public access to defibrillation (PAD), and access to therapies. The SCAA Annual Meeting in Chicago will bring together volunteers from nearly 50 chapters and affiliates from across the country, including SCA survivors, physicians, nurses, emergency professionals and others touched by SCA. To learn more, visit

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