Mayor Green Recognizes May 17th as Dont Die Of Doubt Day in Duncanville

Green 2014DUNCANVILLE, TX – More than 4800 North Texas residents over the age of 50 suffered a heart attack in 2014, but less than 40 percent of them called 911 for help. Treatment time can be initiated up to an hour sooner when 911 is activated verses driving yourself to the hospital and every minute matters when you are experiencing a heart attack.
The Dallas Division of the American Heart Association and the W. W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation at Communities Foundation of Texas partnered together on a multi-million dollar community awareness campaign to encourage people in North Texas to call 911 at the first sign of a possible heart attack. Titled, Don’t Die of Doubt, the message of this campaign is that life-saving treatment begins with a call to 911 and that first responders can provide immediate care to help significantly increase the chance of surviving a heart attack.
Duncanville Fire Department EMS division chief, Mike Ryan, works closely with the American Heart Association on the Don’t Die of Doubt initiative and knows just how vital calling 911 is. “Unfortunately” chief Ryan says, “many people don’t recognize the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and fail to call 911. Going by car to the hospital puts loved ones in a horrible position if the person goes into cardiac arrest. Driving yourself puts everyone on the road at risk.” Chief Ryan  continues, “Calling 911 is the first step in activating a comprehensive system of care that we’ve worked hard with other agencies, including Methodist Charlton Hospital, to develop. Our motto is: ‘When in doubt, check it out.’”
Mayor Green presented a Proclamation during the City Council meeting on Tuesday, May 17 to the American Heart Association recognizing May 17th as Don’t Die of Doubt Day in Duncanville. Accepting this honor will be members of the Duncanville Fire Department alongside the American Heart Association.