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Philadelphia, PA - The Mayfield Social Club, which runs the Voyeur Nightclub at 1221 St. James Street, is donating an Automatic External Defibrillator to the John C. Anderson Apartments.

“When we saw a post on Social Media that the residents were hoping to raise funds to buy one, we figured we could help,” said Bill Kuehn, Mayfield Social Club’s President. Mayfield Social has a long history of giving back to the community. In the last year they purchased several bikes for the 6 th District of Philadelphia Police Department (which serves the Gayborhood), donated to the Washington Square West Civic Association, Philadelphia Fight, and other organizations working to improve the “Gayborhood.”

“We were actually a little surprised to learn that the Anderson Apartments didn’t already have an AED,” said Kuehn. The John C. Anderson Apartments have become a model for low-income LGBTQ-friendly senior housing, having been featured in documentaries, articles, and winning awards for their community courtyard garden. “These residents were the first ‘out’ generation, its thanks to them that the LGBTQ community has made the achievements we have. They deserve not only nice housing, but the peace of mind of knowing that lifesaving medical assistance is close at hand; and Mayfield is happy to help provide that,” said Kuehn.

Automatic External Defibrillators are small, portable devices that can automatically diagnose life-threatening cardiac situations and provide an electrical shock to stop heart arrhythmia to reestablish an effective rhythm. They are very simple to use by individuals with little to no direct knowledge of the device by following the step by step, voice guided directions. Residents plan to organize CPR training classes to help support the use of this new piece of lifesaving technology. The AED is stored in an alarmed protective case near the Anderson Apartment elevators so that it is easily and quickly accessible to all residents if needed. “It’s one of those things you don’t ever want to use; but if you need it, you’re thankful it’s there,” said Kuehn.

The Defibrillator is being officially installed on February 14th, Valentine’s Day, at 3pm in the Anderson Apartments lobby.

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