Fennville Fire Department raising money to put AEDs in temperature-controlled boxes downtown

  • Source: WXMI-TV FOX 17 Grand Rapids
  • Published: 06/10/2021 12:00 AM

A West Michigan city is working on becoming a "heart-safe" community. It's to honor a high school basketball player who passed away from cardiac arrest during a game around 10 years ago. Fennville Area Fire Department is hoping to install two AEDs throughout the city in case of medical emergencies. "This just gets a very vital piece of equipment into the public’s hand quicker," said Fennville Area Fire Department Firefighter/EMT Robert Rivait. An AED wasn't available soon enough when Fennville High School basketball player Wes Leonard collapsed during a 2011 game from sudden cardiac arrest. "If we can get someone to start CPR and get an AED on somebody within two minutes, we have a better chance at bringing them back to life," said Fennville Area Fire Department Fire Chief Paul Hapke.


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