Brian Duffield was only 40-years-old when he suffered a cardiac arrest in 2006. Duffield, a swimmer, was in the middle of a workout at the University of Arizona pool when his heart suddenly stopped. A bystander saw what had happened and ran to get the nearby HeartSine AED. The bystander’s quick action, with the help of the automated external defibrillator, saved his life and soon Duffield began sharing his story to promote AED placement. His story of how even a healthy athletic male at 40 is at risk of cardiac arrest quickly spread and was featured in 2007 on the front cover of Newsweek.
Now, a few years later, Duffield announced that he is working with the same company he attributes to helping save his life. He took a position with HeartSine as their National Channel Manager, with the responsibility of building distribution channels for their AEDs throughout the US. Duffield says that he uses his story to try and erase the doubts some people have about owning an AED. He said that some people will tell him that they’re unsure whether they really need one or not, and he tells them that before he had his cardiac arrest he thought the same thing.
We hear so many stories of people who spread awareness about cardiac arrest after being saved by an AED. It can be difficult for many people to see the value of an AED until it’s needed, but the only protection from the dire consequences of a sudden cardiac arrest is preparation. Having an AED on the premises of your business, home, or organization will give you peace of mind regardless of whether its use is ever needed. We applaud Duffield and others like him who help spread awareness for the life saving potential of AEDs. We hope to hear more stories in the future of survivors turned advocates.