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November 1, 2012

Gustavus student puts lots of heart into defibrillator project



“I’d hate to see someone drop right outside one of these locked offices,” Thayer said.

After he had worked on that for a while, he got word from the college’s office of security that the college would be adding four more.

“I sat back from my computer and was like, ‘I’m done,’” he said. Of course, he wasn’t done.

His class ended. His work did not. In fact,  today will be the next step in the evolution of the college’s new commitment to having AEDs: teaching people how simple they are to use.

From 12:30-3 p.m. Gustavus will host what Thayer has dubbed “No Fear CPR,” an event aimed to train 1,000 people in bystander CPR and AEDs.

“Joe’s enthusiasm and committment to providing a safe campus is what has promoted this program,” said Ray Thrower, director security at Gustavus. “We’re really excited about this and we’re really exicited about (No Fear CPR).”

Thayer’s efforts have not gone unnoticed. He received the Heart Safe Champion Award from the American Heart Association. And he learned  Gustavus today will be named the first Heart Safe college campus in the Midwest

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