Michigan credit unions adding defibrillators

Nov 30, 2013

The Michigan Credit Union League wants to get automatic defibrillators into every credit union in the state.

Jon Looman is the CEO of Community West Credit Union.   He had a heart attack and collapsed while teaching an indoor cycling class last year.

He says he survived thanks to an AED, and plans to order one for every one of his credit union's branches.

“They save lives, plain and simple. They just save lives,” says Looman, “And even better than that, they improve the quality of life after a heart attack if you act right away with one.”

AEDs work by analyzing the heart's rhythm and, if necessary, delivering an electric shock.

The league also plans to offer CPR training for credit union staff at its 2014 annual meeting.