The Del Mar Highlands Town Center is the proud new home of an automated external defibrillator (AED) made possible through funds honoring longtime Carmel Valley resident and local volunteer Scott Tillson, who passed away in May 2011. The defibrillator is one of four AEDs donated by the Scott Tillson Memorial Fund to the San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation.
“The Del Mar Highlands Town Center is honored to be included in Scott Tillson’s ongoing legacy,” said
Elizabeth Schreiber, vice president and general manager of the Del Mar Highlands Town Center. “The community will greatly benefit from this new AED that may one day save a life.”
At the November Carmel Valley Community Planning Board meeting, Scott’s wife, Pat Tillson, announced the donation of the AEDs, two carbon monoxide detectors and eight hands free collar microphones to be placed in fire stations that serve the Carmel Valley area. Firefighters from Carmel Valley’s Fire Station #24, the first responder on the scene when Tillson suffered a heart attack, demonstrated how to use an AED.
At the Del Mar Highlands Town Center, the AED is centrally located in the security office and available for use by the center’s first responders should a crisis arise. Two AEDs also have been placed at the Carmel Valley Library and the San Diego Unified School District administrative office. The location of the fourth AED will be identified by San Diego Project Heart Beat, a program of the City of San Diego’s Emergency Medical Services system that makes AEDs accessible throughout the community.
“The Del Mar Highlands Town Center is an excellent location for one of the AEDs donated by the Scott Tillson Memorial Fund,” said Wendy Robinson, executive director of the San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation. “It’s only natural that one of the defibrillators be located in the heart of the community so dear to Scott and his family.”
Scott Tillson was a member of the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board and instrumental in the passage of Proposition C in November 2010, which provided for the phased completion of the planned and approved pedestrian and transit-oriented community of Pacific Highlands Ranch to include open space, pedestrian, bicycle and equestrian trails, parks, schools, shopping and commercial areas at no cost to taxpayers.