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Feb 11, 2013 7:14 PM by Jeanette Trompeter

Firefighters Ball in SLO this weekend

It'll be a hot time in the old town this weekend in San Luis Obispo. This Saturday is the 6th Annual Firefighter Ball for Charity at the Embassy Suites Ballroom. There's sure to be a lot of folks showing up because this year it will benefit the John. W. Callahan Heart Safe Project, named after the former chief of the fire department.

The annual ball is a partnership of the San Luis Obispo YMCA and the San Luis Obispo City Firefighter Local 3523. The goal of the John W. Callahan Heart Safe Project is to save lives by placing Automated External Defibrillators (AED's) throughout the community of San Luis Obispo and educate people about how they work. Callahan's wife Lynn founded the non-profit in his memory after he died of heart failure at age 61 in 2010.

AED use can make a difference between life and death. The American Heart Association estimates more than 95 percent of cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital. It is also estimated that improved access to AED's could save 40,000 lives a year in the U.S. alone.

Your attendance at the Ball Saturday or a donation will support the acquisition and dissemination of AED's throughout the community of San Luis Obispo and provide supplies and training to ensure their maximum effectiveness.

For additional information, please call Jody Larson at 805-441-8500 or email slocityfirefightersball@gmail.com. Cash/Check donations should be made payable to SLOYMCA and mailed to SLOFFA, Attn: Jody Larson, 2160 Santa Barbara Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

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