Save-A-Life Foundation v. Baratz
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ABC-TV reports on the Save-A-Life Foundation
November 17, 2006: "The Maneuver" VIDEO TEXT
One of Illinois' highest profile charities teaches the Heimlich maneuver to children while maneuvering the truth to get money from government and big business...For the past few years, Save-A-Life (Foundation) has received millions of dollars in government funds and corporate donations. An ABC7 I-Team investigation has uncovered a series of misleading claims and deceptive credentials that raise doubts about Save-A-Life's integrity, funding and training.
May 30, 2007: "Save-A-Life's Main Government Funding May Be Drying Up" VIDEO & TEXT
New details emerge about the embattled Illinois charity The Save-A-Life Foundation -- and why it may be losing funding and political support. The I-Team investigation of Save-A-Life last year uncovered a founder who fabricated her medical credentials. Now we've learned that Save-A-Life's primary government bankroll appears to be drying up.
Save A Life Foundation Responds to ABC-TV Report
June 08, 2007: "Save A Life Foundation Responds to Latest Attack by ABC-7 Reporter" VIDEO TEXT
The Save A Life Foundation (SALF) is extremely disappointed by Chuck Goudie's ABC-7 I Team segment of May 30, 2007, which it says are merely baseless allegations and falsehoods in retaliation for a recent lawsuit filed by SALF related to the "Heimlich Family Feud." The latest Goudie segment, which aired immediately after SALF's lawsuit was filed in Cook County Circuit Court, is against Peter Heimlich, a son of Dr. Henry Heimlich. Also named in the complaint are Robert Baratz, and Jason Haap, who SALF contends worked with Peter Heimlich to spread false and defamatory allegations against the foundation. Mr. Goudie's role, based on his November 2006 report, is a central element of SALF's case against the defendants.
The Save A Life Foundation
The Save A Life Foundation (SALF) is extremely disappointed by Chuck Goudie's ABC-7 I Team segment of May 30, 2007, which it says are merely baseless allegations and falsehoods....Mr. Goudie's role, based on his November 2006 report, is a central element of SALF's case against the defendants.
So why didn't SALF name Goudie and ABC-7 as defendants?
Updated links for May 30,
Updated links for May 30, 2007 story: "Save-A-Life's Main Government Funding May Be Drying Up" VIDEO TEXT
From SALF Board Announces
From SALF Board Announces Blue Ribbon Study Findings:
Chicago, Aug. 23 - 2007 -- The Save A Life Foundation (SALF) today announced the results of an independent Blue Ribbon Study White Paper. The Blue Ribbon Study data, which was compiled over a three-month period, included comments by representatives of school administration, the fire service, emergency medical service (EMS), law enforcement, and municipal leaders from throughout Illinois.
Participants in the Blue Ribbon Study were asked to review many areas of the Foundation including SALF programs, course materials, teaching and instructor methodology, financial and business practices, and leadership. Information obtained from state government agencies was included in the study data.
The results, contained in a Blue Ribbon Study White Paper 2007, concluded that the organization’s programs, practices and operations are "consistent with the highest standards of integrity and sound business practices...."
This "Blue Ribbon Study White Paper" is not posted on the Save-A-Life Foundation's website and none of the "representatives of school administration, the fire service, emergency medical service (EMS), law enforcement, and municipal leaders from throughout Illinois" are identified.
It would be helpful if the Save-A-Life Foundation would make this information publicly available.
Homeland Security question
According to the website of the Save-A-Life Foundation, they've been an affiliate organization of the Department of Homeland Security since 2003.
Is this the first time a DHS-affiliate organization has sued a national TV network?
The Save-A-Life Foundation
The Save-A-Life Foundation refuses to provide copies of the "Blue Ribbon Study White Paper" or to provide the names of any participants in the alleged study.
This may be verified by contacting the Save-A-Life Foundation at (847)928-9683 and requesting the information.
Former White House Assistant is now Save-A-Life executive
Perhaps this individual can provide more information? From the Save-A-Life Foundation website: http://tinyurl.com/3bsgqp
SALF adds Toby Burke to Team, July 02, 2007
Save A Life Foundation (SALF) proudly Save A Life Foundation (SALF) proudly welcomes John G. "Toby" Burke as its Managing Director of Government Affairs for its new Washington, DC office...Before joining SALF, Mr. Burke was a Special Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs at the White House where he served as the President's liaison between Mayors, State Attorney Generals, County Commissioners, District Attorneys, law enforcement, and the U.S. Territories...As SALF's Managing Director of Government Affairs, Mr. Burke will represent SALF before government leaders and establish a Washington office…"Throughout my career I have always tried to help and make a difference," Mr. Burke said. "SALF is at the forefront of many important public safety and EMS issues facing America today. I am excited to bring SALF's empowering and life saving message to government officials, communities and schools across the nation," Mr. Burke said.
Toby Burke, Managing Director of Government Affairs
Save A Life Foundation
1250 Connecticut Ave., NW, Ste. 200
Washington, DC 20036
$40 million, Sen. Norm Coleman, and the Save-A-Life Foundation
1) From page 8 of Second Amended Complaint (3/14/2008) linked above: http://tinyurl.com/5td2e5
2) From: S.3533, Community Response System Initiative Act of 2006, 109th Congress, introduced by Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN) on June 16, 2006: http://tinyurl.com/5wny6y
US Department of Defense & the Save-A-Life Foundation
From page 8 of Second Amended Complaint (3/14/2008) linked above: http://tinyurl.com/5td2e5