LANHAM – On Feb. 25 in a crowd including hundreds of mourners were starting to celebrate the life of Cpl. Mujahid Ramzziddin at the Diyanet Center of America in Lanham who was shot and killed on Feb. 21 in Brandywine, an adult male suffered a severe heart attack inside the center.
Prince George's County Fire Chief Ben Barksdale along with several members of his command staff who were attending the funeral came to the aid of the victim.
An automated external defibrillator (AED) was located in a nearby building and used on the victim until paramedics from Prince George's County Fire Department arrived on the scene.
"Once we were informed of the incident, we had units on the scene within four minutes, Prince George's County Fire Department spokesperson Mark Brady said. "Providing additional life support measures to the victim. He was transported to a nearby hospital in serious condition. This shows how important it is to have an AED located in public buildings."
An AED is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the life-threatening cardiac issues. The application of electricity stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm.
In 2016, the Prince George's County Fire Department introduced an app called Pulse Point a mobile phone application that provides a map where the closest AED is located. Over the last two years, Pulse Point has been used by police officers, firefighters and other in saving several people’s lives in the county.