Mayor Fahey Proclaims Feb. 3 'NP Dodge Day'

02/03/05 by NP Dodge Real Estate

Mayor Mike Fahey proclaimed Feb. 3 "NP Dodge Day" at a press conference today, in recognition of NP Dodge Company's 150-year history of doing business in the community.

Sandy Dodge, president/chairman of the board, said the company is honored to be one of the city's eldest companies. "NP Dodge made its first sale in this area in 1855, and the NP Dodge Company is proud to be doing business in Omaha and Council Bluffs 150 years later," he said. "We sincerely thank Mayor Fahey for recognizing the NP Dodge legacy in such a meaningful way."

As a gesture of appreciation to the many families the company has served over the years, Dodge presented four area nonprofit organizations with life-saving defibrillators. The organizations are Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha Children's Museum, Holland Performing Arts Center and General Dodge House in Council Bluffs.

"Families are a priority for NP Dodge Company, for they are at the root of our success in this community," he said. "The four organizations receiving these lifesaving devices also serve families, and having a defibrillator on site in an emergency could mean the difference between life and death for a loved one."

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) can save lives during cardiac emergencies, said Amy Arouni, M.D., Creighton Cardiac Center cardiologist and American Heart Association board member. "The on-site presence of an AED reduces critical wait time for treatment, and as a result improves a person's chance of surviving a cardiac crisis."

Between 300,000 and 400,000 people die from cardiac arrest each year in the United States, Arouni said, and most of these deaths occur outside of the hospital. "If having a defibrillator on-site saves even one life, it's worth it," Arouni said, "NP Dodge Company's gift will make a difference."

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