Public transit facilities are a natural fit with MIKEY defibrillators. In partnership with GO Transit, The Mikey Network has installed MIKEYs throughout GO Transit facilities and trains, reaching out to more than 100,000 bus and train travellers of all ages on a typical weekday, plus GO staff who have been trained to use the defibrillators.


Amazing news! We were just informed that a 33rd life has been saved by a MIKEY defibrillator!

Earlier this week, a GO Transit Safety Officer used a MIKEY on a male who was in cardiac arrest. The Safety Officer applied both CPR and the MIKEY AED until Emergency Medical Services arrived. Police later advised that, due to the Officer’s efforts, the man is expected to survive.

That makes 33 people who have been given a second chance at life!

mikey-on-the-goThis was all due to our Mikey On The GO Program. The MIKEY defibrillator that was used to save this man’s life is just one of 100 units placed throughout the GO Transit system by The Mikey Network through our Mikey On the GO program, with the generosity of Herity and Heathwood Homes. This is the fourth person who has been saved with a MIKEY AED placed through the Mikey On the GO program.

We want to thank the GO Transit Safety Officer whose quick action helped give a victim of cardiac arrest their second chance at life.

We’ve been informed that during a recent GO Transit commute, a male passenger went into cardiac arrest, and one of the MIKEYs (AEDs) we placed through our MIKEY On the GO program was used to help save his life.

After the gentleman went into cardiac arrest, some of his fellow passengers quickly responded by beginning CPR. Fortunately a MIKEY (defibrillator) was available, and it was used along with CPR to successfully resuscitate the man, who is now alive and doing well.

A MIKEY can’t save anyone on it’s own. In every case, there needs to be someone willing to help. MIKEYs are quite easy to use, and walk you through everything with voice prompts.

The MIKEY (defibrillator) is one of 100 units placed throughout the GO Transit system by The Mikey Network in 2008, through our Mikey On the GO program, with the generosity of the Heron Group of Companies and Heathwood Homes.

This is the 30th life saved by a MIKEY! We are so grateful that this passenger had people around him that were willing to answer his call and that this MIKEY was available when it was needed most.

Mikey defibrillator used to save GO passenger

Derek Thompson used a Mikey to rescue a man having a cardiac arrest. Photo Credit: JOSH TAPPER/TORONTO STAR

As the GO train pulled in to Union Station, George Koshil, who had been scheduled for coronary artery bypass surgery in late October, collapsed and went into cardiac arrest on Platform 12.

Lucky for him, GO customer service ambassador Derek Thompson was there.  After Koshil stopped breathing, Thompson fastened a Mikey (portable Automated External Defibrillator) to Koshil’s chest and hit the button. He then performed CPR before Koshil coughed and started breathing.  Paramedics arrived soon after and rushed Koshil to St. Michael’s Hospital.

According to one passenger who contacted GO to commend Derek Thompson,

 “The [CSA] appeared to be calm, in control and fully trained for the incident.  He used the defibrillator (I think twice) and administered chest compression, as well as mouth to mouth.  The last thing I saw was the man breathing.  I don’t know if the elderly man survived but high praise to the [CSA] who worked hard in reviving the man.  …  I am glad to see that the staff at GO transit is fully trained in emergencies and that they care!”

George Koshil is recovering well after surgery.

The MIKEY used was one of 100 Defibrillators placed throughout the GO Transit network as part of the Mikey On the GO program.