Rancho Santa Fe family raising CPR/AED awareness in loved one’s memory


Bill Speeg was a picture of good health and had no history of heart problems. He ran marathons, worked out, and participated in Ironman events. Earlier this year, while exercising at a health club, Ironman Bill’s heart went out of rhythm and he suffered sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Although there were multiple people around him, none were willing or knew how to do CPR or administer a AED.

In Bill’s honor, his wife, daughter, and entire family have begun promoting CPR/AED awareness to educate others with the hope that they will be willing to help a person in need.

As part of their efforts, there will be an opportunity drawing for a free AED at the Rancho Santa Firefighter Association and Fire District Pancake Breakfast this Sunday, Oct. 12, from 8-11 a.m. Participants must first learn hands-only CPR, which will be taught throughout the Pancake Breakfast, at which time they will be allowed to enter the drawing, which will be held at 10:30 a.m. Members of Bill’s family will be there for the drawing.

“We all hope we will be able to save the lives of others through our efforts,” the family said. “We are pleased to have this opportunity to work with the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District.”