Victory State Bank Installs Potentially Life-Saving Defibrillators At All Its Locations

CAP 1 VICTORY AED Training April 2019

Paramedic Joseph Pessolano instructs Victory State Bank employees in the use of CPR and AEDs.

CAP 2 VICTORY AED Training April 2019

Gathering for a CPR and AED training session at Victory State Bank’s business center in Dongan Hills are, from left: Rachel Volpe, registered nurse, director of operations, Staten Island Heart Society; Joseph Pessolano, paramedic; Anna Williams, first vice president, Compliance, Victory State Bank; Toni Scarito, vice president, Human Resources, Victory State Bank, and Joseph Del Duca, registered nurse.

Staten Island Heart Society instructs bank’s employees in use of AEDs, CPR and NARCAN®

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Victory State Bank, a leading advocate for the enrichment of Staten Island’s quality of life, has installed an automated external defibrillator (AED) in each of its locations throughout the borough.

An AED is a battery-operated device that can save a person’s life after cardiac arrest when used to administer an electrical shock through the chest wall to the heart.

“The need for first aid treatment can occur anywhere and at any time. That is why we strongly believe in equipping our employees with the tools and the training needed to administer life-saving assistance,” said Raffaele (Ralph) M. Branca, president and CEO of Victory State Bank.

The financial institution, the only community-based commercial bank in Staten Island, N.Y., purchased the potentially life-saving devices through the guidance of registered nurse Rachel Volpe, director of operations, Staten Island Heart Society. The not-for-profit organization subsequently provided free AED and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training to 51 Victory State Bank employees over a three-day period at the bank’s new business center in Dongan Hills.

Attendees were additionally provided with NARCAN® (naloxone) kits and training for the emergency treatment of opioid overdoses.


VSB Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQX: VSBN) is the one-bank holding company for Victory State Bank. As Staten Island, N.Y.’s only community-based commercial bank, Victory State Bank operates six locations on the Island, including its full-service banking headquarters in Great Kills; full-service branches in West Brighton, St. George, Dongan Hills and Rosebank, and a business center in Dongan Hills. The bank’s much-anticipated seventh site and full-service Meiers Corners branch is under construction and due to open in the second quarter of 2019.   

Victory State Bank commenced operations on Nov. 17, 1997. The Bank’s initial capitalization of $7 million was primarily raised in the Staten Island community. The Bancorp’s total equity has increased to $35 million primarily through the retention of earnings.

For additional information, Victory State Bank may be reached at 718-979-1100, or visited online at


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