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Coon Rapids Kiwanis Club Donates AED's to Local Organizations:  The Coon Rapids Kiwanis Club donated four automated external defibrillators(AED)  to the Coon Rapids Heart Safe Program. A fifth AED was donated by an anonymous donor.  Read More....

Local Cardiac Arrest Survivor:
Greg Stewart and his family have reasons to be thankful and have these words of advice:

LEARN CPR, It is so important!

 Read more... 

In 2015, Andover aspired to be a Heart Safe Community.


East Bethel Firefighter, Doug Doebbert is training Joe Reinert and Skyler Gish from St. Stephen's Catholic School on how to use an Automated External Defibrallator (AED) as Andover completes all of the rigorous requirements to become another
Heart Safe Community! Way to go! 


​ Heart Safe Communities Overview
“Being a Heart Safe Community can save lives.”

 Sudden cardiac arrest can happen anywhere, at any time, to anyone – and it is almost always fatal.

Fact: In MN, cardiovascular events (including cardiac arrest) is the second–leading cause of death and responsible for almost 20% of deaths. (MDH)
 Fact: In 2010, more than 35% of deaths in MN, due to heart disease, happened prior to arriving at the hospital. (MDH)

Fact:  More people die of sudden cardiac arrest than breast, lung, colon, and prostate cancer combined.

The Heart Safe program is a proactive program to decrease the annual death rate caused by sudden cardiac arrest within MN.

 Friends, family, co-workers, and bystanders are more likely to witness the onset of a sudden cardiac event. Ordinary citizens trained  in Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillators (AEDs) can initiate care and alert the EMS system.


For more information please contact:

  Officer Bryan Platz,
 Coon Rapids Police Dept

  [email protected]   763-767-6481

  Fireman Troy Lachinsk
  East Bethel Fire Dept.   

  Tim Hoffman, Sudden Cardiac Survivor
    [email protected]

  Carla Pederson, Health Educator

   Anoka County Comm. Health & Env.

 What are Heart Safe

They are communities who have successfully received the Heart Safe Community Designation because the community chose to intentionally evaluate and improve their community’s readiness for cardiac events. It is teaching ordinary citizens in the community to recognize the signs and symptoms of a sudden cardiac event and know how to render care and get help “on the way, right away.”

  • To educate community members in   hands-only CPR.
  • To train community members how to use an AED (automated external defibrillator).
  • To expand local access to AEDs where people  live, work, and play.

Why is this important? Please watch these videos:  
Who can become a HeartSafe Community?
Any city, municipality, county, or organization in MN can apply for the Heart Safe designation through the MN Dept. of Health

Look who has already achieved their award! 

  •     NEW! Andover
  •     Columbia Heights, 
  •     Coon Rapids,
  •      Ramsey 
  •      East Bethel 
       Your city can be next! 

Help make Anoka County a HeartSafe County by engaging your community in applying for this award. 

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