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Murrieta Rotary, Fire and Rescue Department team up on life-saving program


Last updated 7/26/2019 at 1:36am

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Receiving a $10,000 check from Murrieta Rotary Club are Deputy Fire Chief David Lantzer, left, EMS Coordinator Jennifer Antonucci, Chief Scott Ferguson and Fire Marshall Chris Jensen with Rotary President Jacqui Dobens, right. The funds will be used to purchase PulsePoint, an app for coordinating CPR and automated external defibrillator use among residents.

MURRIETA – The Rotary Club of Murrieta presented the Murrieta Fire and Rescue Department with a $10,000 donation, enabling it to purchase PulsePoint, a system capable of increasing the survival rate of sudden cardiac arrests in Murrieta.

The check was presented following a presentation by Jennifer Antonucci, the department's EMS coordinator. Antonucci said that "only 10% of patients survive a sudden cardiac arrest, and the goal of the partnership with Rotary is to improve on that 10%."

The PulsePoint application is available for free download to smartphones, and once it is implemented in Murrieta, residents will be invited to download it on their smartphones or other portable electronic devices. When a citizen dials 911 to report a medical emergency and the patient is not breathing, the app will engage and app users who have indicated they are trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and as willing to assist in case of an emergency can be notified if someone nearby is having a cardiac emergency and may require CPR.

If the cardiac emergency is in a public place, the location-aware application will alert users in the vicinity of the need for CPR simultaneous with the dispatch of advanced medical care. The application also directs these potential rescuers to the exaction location of the closest automated external defibrillator.

"We are so very excited to partner with our Fire Department in advancing their capabilities in saving lives of Murrieta residents," Jacqui Dobens, president of the Murrieta Rotary Club, said. "My mother was a nurse, and she always stressed how important quick action was when a heart failure was involved."

Funds to support the partnership with Murrieta Fire and Rescue were made possible by sponsorships and flag sales at the club's annual Murrieta Field of Honor. Produced in partnership with the city of Murrieta, the Field is held annually during the week of Veterans Day. The 11th annual Field of Honor will be held Nov. 9-17.

Chartered April 28, 1992, the Murrieta Rotary Club is involved in local community activities as well as international activities and programs, in cooperation with Rotary International, which has as its theme "Service Above Self." Club meetings are held Mondays, excepting holidays, at noon at Richie's Diner, 40651 Murrieta Hot Springs Road in Murrieta and evenings at 6 p.m. at 8 Bit, 26755 Jefferson Avenue, in Murrieta. For information regarding the club or membership, visit or contact Dobens at (951) 667-5227.

Submitted by Murrieta Rotary Club.


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