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Fire Department to donate defibrillator to Peru

Donation made in honor of former chief’s brother who died of heart failure

— The Peru Fire department will donate a defibrillator to the town in memory of the former fire department chief’s brother.

Chief Brian Westover of the Peru Fire Department, on behalf of the Peru Fire Department, will donate an automated external defibrillator (AED), in memory of Craig Tetrault. Craig was the brother of Courtney Tetrault, Fire Department Commissioner and former fire chief.

After Craig’s death in August due to heart failure, donations were made in his memory for the fire department to purchase a AED. In the event of a heart attack or abnormal arythmia, an AED can be used to help someone by delivering a therapeutic dose of electrical energy to the affected heart.

Family and friends of Tetrault’s donated about $1,400 to the fire department for the purchase of the AED through memorial donations made to the fire department from friends and family of Craig Tetrault. Westover said Courtney Tetrault wanted his brother’s memory to be honored by bringing heart health equipment to the community.

“Courtney wanted to see something done to promote or save cardiac health in the community,” Westover said.

The AED will be kept at the athletic fields during spring sport season and during the winter months it will be kept at the Peru Town Hall. In the event the AED must be used, responders are able to use them successfully with little, or in some cases, no training at all to help someone having a heart arythmia. Westover said the instructions on the equipment allows the device to be used by any one in the case of an emergency.

“We’ve been lucky that we havent had to use one down on the field but as the athletic programs grow and more parents are coming out on the field it’s better to be prepared,” Peru Supervisor Peter Glushko said.

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