Good Neighbor Gift: AED Systems

By: Amanda Crawford Email
By: Amanda Crawford Email

Whether it's a basketball game or the spring musical, schools in the Valley see a lot of people.

However, in the case of an emergency, for example if someone collapses suddenly at an event, you might be wondering what would happen.

Courtney Rogers and her colleagues at Joe Bowman Auto Plaza want to help keep people safe.

"If it could help one person, whether it be in a month, a year, whatever," says Rogers. "That's a life that's saved in our community."

They want to make sure every school in the area has an automatic defibrillator.

"I think people should care about this project because it could save a life, whether it's a child, parent, spouse, at any event at a school," says Rogers.

Schools in Augusta County have started installing AED systems, but they still have several buildings without them.

Susan Blackburn, the school's Health Services Coordinator, says the devices they've bought have already saved more than one life.

"We have used ours on a couple of occasions at different schools with success," says Blackburn. "We are pleased about that, and it motivates us to continue to try to have one in every building."

When schools purchase the AED systems, they can mount them on the walls in their building or have portable ones to take to away games and away events.

Each system can cost the school anywhere between $1,500 and $4,000. That high price is the reason Joe Bowman Auto Plaza wants to help out.

"I think it's priceless," says Rogers. "Every life is priceless."


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