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    Local film festival to show AED short

    By looking at Gordon Straub you would think he is a typical sophomore at Monte Vista High School in Danville, but looks can be deceiving.  Gordon is not your typical 16 year old; he is a multi-talented artist and musician who specializes in playing the double bass and producing award winning claymation shorts.

    Gordon has won several awards for his videos and his latest short “AED” has just been accepted in to the Danville International Children’s Film Festival.
    Gordon’s AED claymation short illustrates for viewers how simple it is to use an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED).  Gordon began work on this project after the topic was presented to him by San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District Captain Andy Swartzell.

    “I was in the audience when Gordon received an award given to him by the Town of Danville for his work on the Street Smarts program,” said Swartzell who is the Emergency Medical Services Coordinator for the Fire District.  “I thought this would be a unique way to show citizens how to use an AED.”

    Early bystander CPR and defibrillation is essential to the survival of someone suffering from sudden cardiac arrest.  Using an AED is as easy as taking it off the wall, pushing start and following the verbal commands given by the unit. 

    “I hope those who view my short will see that using an AED is simple and effective,” said Straub.  “AEDs are popping up in many public places, such as churches and shopping malls; I hope my video will help people feel more confident to use one and potentially save a life.”

    To learn more about the proper use of AEDs and the importance of bystander CPR, visit the HeartSafe Community page or sign-up for a CPR/AED class.

    The Danville International Children’s Film Festival will take place on October 15 and 16 at the Village Theater in Danville. For more information and complete event details visit

    The San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District would like to congratulate Gordon for his outstanding work and wish him good luck at the film festival next month. 

    The San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District provides all-risk fire, rescue and emergency medical services to the communities of Alamo, Blackhawk, the Town of Danville, Diablo, the City of San Ramon, the southern area of Morgan Territory and the Tassajara Valley. The District’s service area encompasses approximately 155 square miles and serves a population of 167,500.

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