Fortune Magazine selects Dave Babbitt “Hero of the 500”
Fortune’s Heroes of the 500 2014 represents 50 men and women whose personal passions, individual ideals and professional endeavors are transforming communities. All of the selected honorees are employed by Fortune 500 Companies.
Dave was recognized for his work with the John Taylor Babbitt Foundation and his advocacy for the importance of installing Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s) in all places of public assembly.
Occupation: Managing Director, Business Development, Global Markets
Company: BNY Mellon
Location: New York, N.Y.
At age 16, John Taylor Babbitt was a three-sport athlete, a dedicated student, and an active member of his Chatham, N.J., church youth ministry. He was “larger than life,” says his father, David. While playing basketball at church one evening in 2006, John Taylor died of sudden cardiac arrest, the result of an undiagnosed genetic disorder. Since then, David and his wife, JoAnne Taylor Babbitt, have championed greater access to automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, which can help someone’s heart re-establish an effective rhythm after a heart attack. “The technology has become so superior that when you open it, it tells you exactly what to do,” David explains, likening the device to having a fire extinguisher at the ready. The couple led a successful push to pass New Jersey’s Good Samaritan Law, which protects people who try to save a life by using a defibrillator from liability. Through the John Taylor Babbitt Foundation, they have sponsored AED training for more than 350 people, and granted funds to schools and community-based organizations to purchase the machines. The Babbitts are now lobbying for a law to integrate CPR and AED training into the health curriculum for seniors in high school.
Fortune “Heroes of the 500 2014”
John Taylor Babbitt Foundation
The John Taylor Babbitt Foundation is a non-profit 501c-3 organization founded in John’s memory and dedicated to preventing sudden cardiac death. The specific goals of the Foundation are to:
Install defibrillators in schools, athletic venues, and public gathering places.
Establish JTB Heart Clubs in high schools and universities to raise awareness.
Support research on genetic cardiac disorders that increase risk of sudden cardiac death.