The Sulzbacher Roman Holiday owned by the City of Rome was recently presented with a portable automated external defibrillator (AED) by the Heart of the Community Foundation.
The Roman Holiday is a 45-passenger cruise boat owned by the City of Rome and available for rental by private groups. During the 2012 season, over 2,000 residents and visitors will sail on the Roman Holiday, so the need for a life-saving device on board the boat is crucial.
“While on the river, exits to shore are limited in case of a medical emergency, so having an AED on board ensures that we are protecting the lives of everyone boarding our public riverboat,” said Lisa Smith, executive director of the Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau, the booking and marketing agent for the boat.
The Heart of the Community Foundation was founded in 1987 to raise money for heart-health related projects throughout Floyd County. In recent years, AED units have been placed throughout public facilities and police cars across the community. In addition, the foundation has built and maintained the Heart House on the grounds of Redmond Regional Medical Center, created a serenity garden at the hospital, and installed fitness equipment at community parks.