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Schroon senior citizens purchase defibrillator

Members learn to use equipment

The Schroon Lake senior citizen club has purchased a Power Heart Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) to serve the community in case of a cardiac emergency. Looking at the equipment are Ed Donley, left, club first vice president, and Dick Newell, president.

The Schroon Lake senior citizen club has purchased a Power Heart Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) to serve the community in case of a cardiac emergency. Looking at the equipment are Ed Donley, left, club first vice president, and Dick Newell, president.

— Schroon Lake’s senior citizens are serious about the health of the community.

The local senior citizen club has purchased a Power Heart Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) to serve the community in case of a cardiac emergency.

And members known how to use it.

The Schroon Lake Senior Citizens have 14 members certified in CPR and use of the AED.

“Therefore, there is a high probability that a trained senior will be present if the AED is needed,” said Ed Donley, club first vice president. “Dr. Joseph Schwerman of the Schroon Lake Health Center has volunteered to be the medical control physician for this AED.”

Dick Newell, president of the club, said that he is “proud of the participating seniors for their accomplishments in getting qualified for this life saving endeavor.”

The AED was purchased with the help of several anonymous senior citizens who feel this AED is an important life saving addition to the Senior Citizens Center.

The AED unit is portable so that it can be taken on long senior citizens bus trips, if there is a qualified individual to operate the device.

The defibrillator is also available to help in the community.

“The senior citizens want the community to know of its intent to provide public access defibrillation and that the AED can be available in case it is needed in the downtown Schroon Lake area,” Donley said.

He advised that people call 911 and initiate CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) before sending for the AED.

The senior center is at 1108 Main St. and is open 5 days a week from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and until 3:30 p.m. on Thursdays.

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