Employee Spotlight: Officer Neal King
By Gertrude Mann
Officer Neal King, Ocean Reef’s Public Safety Coordinator, has been a paramedic for 40 years. Trained in his home state of Tennessee, he came to Ocean Reef 21 years ago and has served our community in his professional capacity and as a valued educator. He teaches many safety and medical classes available to our first responders. Paramedics, EMT personnel, firefighters, doctors, nurses, all other emergency caregivers. He has believed in offering First Aid knowledge and CPR instruction to everyone who might someday confront a situation where someone needs help before the paramedics arrive. Often, he hears stories of how the information learned in a class helped to save a life. The American Heart Association 1st Aid/CPR/AED 8 hr. classes and CPR Refresher 2 hr. classes are offered regularly to all Members, associates, and other employees on The Reef. These classes are free of charge. Watch for announcements for the next class when Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.
Officer King is especially excited about the third generation (newest) of AED’s, CR2 Automatic External Defibrillators, waiting to be installed. They are designed with the most advanced technology to restart the heart and restore its natural rhythm. Several years ago, Public Safety had three Defibrillators in use. The technology has developed dramatically. This year we will have 65 AED’s dispersed all over The Reef. Each one will be named for its location. All will be monitored by Public Safety dispatchers 24 hrs. per day so there will be immediate detection if one has been opened or needs service. Batteries, spare AED’s, and other supplies will be stored at the Public Safety Building so one can immediately fix the problem or replace a machine. New sites such as Wynn’s Market, the service station, employee housing, and Reef Club Kids have been added to the locations. The CPR classes will teach the technique of using this instrument. Officer King says, “I will be offering instruction to everyone on The Reef, this is groundbreaking equipment, we should all be prepared to use the AEDs. An added feature of the new AED’s is in verbal instruction from the instrument while being used. This will be offered in both English and Spanish.
Another innovative program is the result of a grant proposal by Ocean Reef Voluntary Fire Department to the Ocean Reef Community Foundation. A substantial grant has been awarded which allowed Public Safety to purchase new mannequins to be used in CPR classes. Through computer attachments and a large screen showing results, students will be able to chart their efficiency and progress. Officer King says, he will be able to teach 40-50 students at a time with this method.
This versatile first responder is dedicated to having the best programs available to keep Ocean Reef Members and associates safe and healthy. He says, “I feel blessed to be serving our amazing community.”