We are so excited to share with you the news that Washington advocate/volunteer Eric Rothenberg was the recipient of this year’s American Heart Association Western States Affiliate Volunteer Advocacy Award.
The award was presented at the AHA’s annual volunteer awards dinner in Los Angeles on June 6, 2016.
Eric began volunteering with the AHA after he survived sudden cardiac arrest while playing tennis in 2009. He credits quick action from bystanders for saving his life. “Fortunately the club has two AEDs (automated external defibrillators) and there were a few doctors playing on adjacent courts. They began CPR within about 30 seconds of me going down and a friend ran and got an AED. They shocked me twice and I was revived before the medics arrived,” he recalls. “Without CPR and that AED, the outcome would have been very different.”
Eric has been a volunteer for the AHA’s Puget Sound Division for many years and was instrumental in lobbying for required CPR instruction in Washington high schools, which became Washington state law in 2014.
He also serves as chair of the AHA’s Washington State Advocacy Committee and was honored for exceptional grassroots advocacy achievement in support of a historic increase in funding for the Washington State Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Program. His leadership helped to secure an annual expenditure on bicycle/pedestrian projects of $10.25 million.
Thank you Eric for everything you do and we are so glad that you received this recognition. We could not do what we do without our volunteers.