SHERIFF BELLOTTI’S “ARE YOU OK?” GETS HELP FOR ELDERLY WOMAN

DEDHAM, MA, Oct. 22, 2013 – A 90-year-old Quincy woman in the midst of a heart attack received emergency medical attention as a result of being enrolled in Norfolk County Sheriff Michael G. Bellotti’s “Are You OK?” program.

An “Are You OK?” officer summoned emergency medical help for the woman, who indicated she thought she was having a heart attack during her daily morning phone call. After Fallon Ambulance Service transported the woman to Quincy Medical Center, she then was transferred to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, where she underwent lifesaving heart surgery.

“We’re extremely glad that this woman received the help she so desperately needed,” Sheriff Bellotti said. “This is a perfect example of how the ‘Are You OK?’ program can save lives.”

The free-of-charge program, collaboratively run by Sheriff Bellotti and Fallon Ambulance Service, has provided peace of mind to more than 1,700 elderly citizens with just a simple phone call each day to check on their well-being. People who sign up for the program receive a phone call every day, 365 days a year. “Are You OK?” officers can summon emergency help if a participant fails to answer the phone or otherwise indicates they are not OK. The program is available to all Norfolk County residents.

Anyone wishing to sign up for “Are You OK?” or find out more about the program may call 866-900-RUOK (7865). Be sure to check out video testimonials from satisfied members posted on the program’s Facebook page, by searching NorfolkCountySheriff’s Office “Are You OK?” Program for Senior Citizens.