Battle Ground Education Foundation donates live-saving AEDS

The donation means that every school in the district will have one of the life-saving devices

BATTLE GROUND — Battle Ground Education Foundation (BGeF) President Colleen O’Neal presented the Battle Ground Public Schools district with a donation of $3,989.12 to purchase two Automated External Defibrillators, or AEDs. The donation means that every school in the district will have one of the life-saving devices.

BGPS Superintendent Mark Ross, BGeF President Coleen O'Neal, CAM Academy Assistant Principal Julie Williamson, and BGPS Director of Business & Risk Management Mitch Thompson are shown here (left to right). Photo courtesy of Battle Ground Public Schools
BGPS Superintendent Mark Ross, BGeF President Coleen O’Neal, CAM Academy Assistant Principal Julie Williamson, and BGPS Director of Business & Risk Management Mitch Thompson are shown here (left to right). Photo courtesy of Battle Ground Public Schools

AEDs make it possible for more people to respond to a medical emergency where defibrillation is required. Because AEDs are portable and easy to use, they can be used by non-medical people. In fact, an AED at Chief Umtuch Middle School was used in early 2017 to save a man’s life after he went into sudden cardiac arrest while playing basketball, providing a great reminder of the effectiveness of citizen CPR combined with having an AED nearby.  

“Each year, there are more and more people working, learning and recreating in district buildings,” said BGPS School Health Services and Nursing Supervisor Cathy Shannon. “Improving access to AEDs in our schools is more important than ever and can literally be the difference between life and death, so we are very grateful for the donation from BGeF.”

BGeF, which has a sole mission of supporting Battle Ground Public Schools, has also donated to literacy programs, the Family and Community Resource Center, and unified sports.

Information courtesy of Battle Ground Public Schools.

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