Sheila and James Fisher, right, presenting borough officials with defibrillators on behalf of the foundation that honors their son.
FEBRUARY 18, 2016
BY RODRIGO TORREJON
STAFF WRITER | WALDWICK SUBURBAN NEWS
Waldwick — Two automated external defibrillators (AEDs) were donated to the public library and to the fire chief by the Sean Fisher Foundation at the Feb. 9 Borough Council meeting.
The Sean Fisher Foundation donated the two AEDs to the borough and in turn, Mayor Thomas Giordano and the Borough Council donated the life-saving devices to the Waldwick Public Library and to Fire Chief Andrew Agugliaro.
The Sean Fisher Foundation was created in tribute to Sean Fisher, who died from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) during a football game on his 13th birthday, Aug. 25, 2008.
Fisher had had an undetected heart condition and his parents, James and Sheila, created the foundation to spread education and awareness, including annual heart screenings at Waldwick High School, to prevent the same thing from happening to other children and their families.
Both James and Sheila were in attendance and presented the AEDs to library director Lori-Ann Quinn and Agugliaro.
In his remarks, Giordano said that receiving the AEDs was a bit of serendipity mixed with a decent helping of luck.
“The Sean Fisher Foundation, Sheila and Jim, they were at a fundraiser,” recounted Giordano. “There’s another organization, the Louis J. Acompora Memorial Foundation.”
The Louis J. Acompora Memorial Foundation was similarly founded after Louis J. Acompora died on March 25, 2000, from commotion cordis, a disruption of the heart’s rhythm caused by impact to the chest. The foundation has since dedicated itself to acquiring and distributing AEDs, as the device could have potentially saved Acompora’s life and will save countless others.
The Fishers met John and Karen Acompora at an event hosted by Parent Heart Watch, an organization composed of 49 similar groups of people whose children have died from sudden cardiac arrest.
The Acomporas told the Fishers, “If John and I win one, we’re going to donate them to the foundation,” according to James Fisher.
“Next thing you know, he [James Fisher] comes up on a Friday and says. ‘We have defibrillators to donate,’” said Giordano.
The defibrillators will now be in the public library and in the cab of Agugliaro’s vehicle for emergencies.
The annual heart screenings will take place throughout the day from March 7 to 11 in the Waldwick High School auditorium. Two children are screened at a time, each of them for approximately 25 minutes, and are provided with privacy curtains.
For more information, visit seanfishermemorialfoundation.org.