Lakeland Bank Customer Saved by AED

Defibrillator at branch used to revive individual

Oak Ridge, N.J. – March 27, 2018 – A customer visiting the Lakeland Bank in early February suffered a heart attack while at the Branch in Franklin, and the onsite defibrillator was used to help save the person’s life.

Lakeland Bank initiated its Heart Safe program about 10 years ago at all its branches and offices to help fight Sudden Cardiac Arrest. The program involved the installation of an automated external defibrillator (AED) at all locations as well as CPR/AED training for staff. An AED is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm to treat sudden cardiac arrest. This is the first time an AED has been used at a Branch since Lakeland installed the equipment.

“My staff and a customer did a great job and were able to revive the individual,” said Karen McDougal, Lakeland Bank Area Branch Manager. “Lakeland Bank is proud of its program to provide the very best in customer and colleague safety.”

Lakeland Bank partners with Team Life, a medical training provider and safety equipment supplier with locations in Colts Neck, Middlesex, and Cherry Hill, NJ, to ensure its safety program meets current standards. Team Life believes Anyone Can Be A Hero and is committed to increasing the survival of sudden cardiac arrest by providing the best lifesaving training and equipment available.

“We are proud to be part of Lakeland Bank’s Heart Safe Program.  Lakeland Bank has made the investment in the right training and right equipment for more than 10 years.  That investment paid off with a life saved.  Job well done by the staff at Franklin Branch,” said Jim Schatzle, President of Team Life.

Franklin Branch AED

Caption: Lakeland Bank Area Branch Manager Karen McDougal stands with colleagues Catherine DiSalvo and Adnan Shoukat who recently assisted with using the onsite automated external defibrillator to help a customer having a heart attack at the Franklin Branch.

About Lakeland Bank

Lakeland Bank is the wholly-owned subsidiary of Lakeland Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:LBAI), which has $5.4 billion in total assets. The Bank operates 53 branch offices throughout Bergen, Essex, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, and Union counties in New Jersey including one branch in Highland Mills, New York; six New Jersey regional commercial lending centers in Bernardsville, Jackson, Montville, Newton, Teaneck and Waldwick; and one in New York to serve the Hudson Valley region. Lakeland also has a commercial loan production office serving Middlesex and Monmouth counties in New Jersey.  Lakeland Bank offers an extensive suite of financial products and services for businesses and consumers. Visit for more information.

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