A series of donations of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) last year helped save a life this year.
Leo McLaughlin, 67, was eating at Gourmet Italian Restaurant at the intersection of Jimmie Leeds and Pitney roads on Aug. 18 when he went into cardiac arrest, meaning his heart stopped and he wasn't breathing.
Police officers and EMTs from all areas of the region, including Galloway, responded.
"They were able to save him with just CPR and AEDs, which is important because there were no cardiac drugs," Galloway Township Ambulance Squad Chief of Operations Chuck Uhl said during Tuesday night's council meeting.
McLaughlin then spoke to the public, thanking those who saved him and vowing to eat out from now on.
"If I'd have been at home, I'd be dead," McLaughlin joked.
Last year, Galloway Police and EMTs spoke about the need for new AEDs to replace the ones in circulation. At the time they were hoping to raise money to be able to purchase 10 new AEDs. Following donations from AtlantiCare, Four Seasons, the McGettigan Family and Deputy Mayor Tony Coppola, they had 11.
Check out a portion of McLaughlin's speech during Tuesday's meeting in the video attached to this post.