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Letter: Farmingdale State Responds to ‘Take Heart: Get Scanned, Save an Athlete’

In response to the article which appeared in the July 1 issue of the Farmingdale Observer, “Take Heart: Get Scanned, Save an Athlete,” your reporters conveyed much important information but some clarification is needed.   

Of critical importance are the messages of awareness and the importance of AED training communicated by Melinda Murray, founder of the Dominic A. Murray 21 Memorial Foundation. Murray’s 17-year-old son collapsed and died of sudden cardiac arrest while playing basketball at Farmingdale State College. 

However, some might read the article and conclude that Dominic’s life might have been saved if only proper steps had been taken that night in 2009. Nothing could be further from the truth as four AED and CPR certified members of the Farmingdale State College staff were in Nold Hall when Dominic collapsed. CPR was administered and University Police applied an AED.

Dominic’s death is a tragedy and Farmingdale is proud to partner with Melinda Murray in her efforts to save lives through the work of her Foundation. One of the Foundation’s goals is to have 2,100 people CPR and AED trained.

October 5, 2011 is the anniversary of Dominic’s passing. In his memory, free screenings and CPR training are being held at Farmingdale State College. The St. Francis Hospital Mobile Unit will provide free cardiovascular screenings and the hands-only CPR training (since AED equipment is not always readily available) will be led by DomHeart21 certified instructors. The location will be announced soon.

Kathy Coley
Director of Communications at Farmingdale State College