The Constantine Fire Department presented five Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) to the community at a ceremony at the Constantine Village Office on July 7.
Shown in the accompanying photo are: American Legion Post #223 representative Del Eastes, Village Manager Mark Honeysett, Police Chief Jim Bedell, Meek’s Mill Garden Club Vice President Betty Richards, Fire Chief Mike Haydon, Monsanto administrator Angie Shotwell and Pioneer Hi-Bred International Production Location Manager Al Spice.
The fire department purchased the AEDs for $9,462.87 with funds from fire department fundraisers, and donations from Brainstormers, a downtown merchant’s group, Meijer, Sons of the American Legion Post #223 and Ladies Auxiliary Post #223.
DDA director Diana Lammott assisted in soliciting donations.
Two AEDs will be placed in fire trucks. Two will be placed police patrol cars, and one (shown in the photo to the left) is mounted on the wall at the VIllage Office.
Fire Chief Mike Haydon said, “For the police and fire departments, this is an upgrade from the AED’s that were already in use but not designed to be used on children. The need arose for an AED at the Village Office when we had two instances of individuals going into cardiac arrest there, and no AED available until police or fire personnel arrived. We really appreciate the support we received from the community and local businesses on fundraising for this project. Without them we would not have been able to purchase these AEDs. We very fortunate to have the support of a generous community.”
Source: Story and photos contributed by Angie Birdsall. Thanks, Angie!