An Atlanta-based crowdfunding campaign has succeeded in purchasing an advanced defibrillator for United Hatzalah and its most active physician volunteer in the Beit Shemesh area, former Atlanta resident Arie Pelta.

Pelta received the device from United Hatzalah CEO Moshe Teitelbaum at a ceremony at the volunteer emergency medical service’s Jerusalem headquarters Sunday, Aug. 28.

“I wish to thank all of the supporters for making this happen,” United Hatzalah founder Eli Beer said. “It is amazing that we were able to raise all of the funds through crowdfunding from people with good hearts. Due to the generosity of the good-hearted people, we will now be able to fix many other hearts that are in need of help in the Beit Shemesh area.”

The defibrillator cost more than $23,000. Pelta told the AJT that it’s standard equipment on Atlanta-area ambulances, but before the donation, only one Magen David Adom ambulance serving the Beit Shemesh area carried the device.

“The Lifepak, which is a portable EKG machine, allows operators to monitor the rhythm of the heart, give lifesaving shocks, measure blood pressure and oxygen levels, and verify the correct placement of the endotracheal tube after intubation,” said Pelta, who lives in the Beit Shemesh suburb of Ramat Beit Shemesh Alef.