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Broomfield-based Play With Heart aims to keep young athletes’ hearts beating strong

A drive to place AEDs in schools and public places

By Megan Quinn

 

basketballbw_brandedBROOMFIELD — — On the table in front of him, Richard Perse shuffled a stack of newspaper clippings and stories from magazines. The faces of young athletes who have died from sudden cardiac arrest — or narrowly survived the traumatic situation — gaze back at him.

 

For each story in the file on the table, Perse has five or six more stories in his head. Most are about younger teens who died suddenly during a hard workout or game.

 

In most of these cases, there was no warning, Perse said.

“Often, the first symptom is death,” he said. After hearing more and more stories of young, seemingly healthy people who died from sudden cardiac arrest on a baseball field or tennis court, he knew he had to do something.

 

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