Accepting the defibrillators purchased by a $30,968 from the Spirit Mountain Community Fund are (from left) Jason Clark, Central School District Director of Program Planning and Project Management; Frank Ehrmantraut, Division Chief of EMS & Logistics, Polk County Fire District No. 1; Josh Dalrymple, Engineer/Paramedic, Polk County Fire District No. 1; Isaiah Haines, Monmouth Police Chief; and Bob Mason, Independence Police Chief.

The Spirit Mountain Community Fund awarded a matching grant of $30,968 to Polk County Fire District No. 1, Central School District, Independence Police Department and Monmouth Police Department. The money was used to purchase 37 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) for the participating organizations to use throughout the community.

Automated External Defibrillators are used to treat Sudden Cardiac Arrest by restoring a normal heart rhythm. Nationally, the American Heart Association reports that only 9% of victims who suffer from Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest survive the event. A victim’s chance of surviving increases to 90% if they receive immediate CPR and treatment from an AED within the first minute after collapse. The availability of the new AEDs will increase rapid community access to life saving treatment during sudden cardiac arrest.

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