Register O’Donnell Promotes AED Legislation

Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell, State Representative Denise Garlick and Massachusetts State Senator Paul R. Feeney testified before the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government Committee in support of the pervious iteration of House Bill #2051.

Dedham, MA — With June being designated as National Safety Month with a week dedicated to CPR and AED Awareness, Norfolk County Register of Deeds William O’Donnell today reaffirmed his support for House Bill #2051, a bill requiring at least one automatic external defibrillator in each of the Norfolk County public buildings and at least one trained employee or volunteer in that building.

HB2051 was filed by State Representative Denise Garlick of Needham on January 18, 2023, in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, it has made its way to and out of the state house and Senate committees, been given a third reading, and is currently in formal sessions.

“This year, thanks to Representative Denise Garlick and all the work she has done in support of this legislation, House Bill #2051 has made its way to the Massachusetts House’s formal sessions,” stated Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell. He added, “An AED quite simply could save your life or the life of one of your loved ones. It is an emergency portable medical device that can detect in cases of cardiac arrest life-threatening arrhythmias and then send an electrical shock (defibrillation) that stops the arrhythmia.”

In 2010, the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, at its own initiative and expense, has installed an AED on each of the 3 floors of the Registry of Deeds building, maintained the equipment, and trained its employees to use the AED equipment.

Previously, Representative Denise Garlick, who has experience as a registered nurse, and Register O’Donnell testified before the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government Committee in support of the legislation.

Register O’Donnell noted, “Of the cardiac arrest deaths occurring each year, more than 95% of the victims never reached the hospital. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, using a defibrillator on individuals in cardiac arrest increases their survival rate by 60%.”

The American Red Cross estimated that there are 436,000 people who will suffer from cardiac arrest this year. They also estimate that 50,000 lives could be saved with improved training and access to AED’s. It is the organization’s hope that “all Americans should be within four minutes of an AED and someone trained to use it.” “There are a lot of responsibilities when you are the Norfolk County Register of Deeds, including being the official custodian of approximately 13.5 million land related records dating back 231 years. These legal real estate documents give legal title to the biggest asset most of us have, our home. However, this is one responsibility among the many that I literally take quite to heart. And it has led me to seek the assistance of state lawmakers this year and in past years.”

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds will be closed on Thursday, July 4th in celebration of Independence Day. We are open Friday, July 5th.

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds is closed Today, July 4th in celebration of Independence Day. We are open Friday, July 5th.