Coon Rapids Municipal Utilities employees, Chris Mohr and Jake Esdohr, installed 16 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) around Coon Rapids thanks to a $15,795 Warren H. Timmerman Charitable Trust Grant.
“Our goal was to provide life-saving emergency medical devices for residents and guests of Coon Rapids,” said Community Coordinator Katie Mason who submitted the Warren H. Timmerman Charitable Trust Grant application in July. “Placing AEDs in public places that are easy to access is the first step in providing Coon Rapids residents and visitors with this life-saving equipment. We are thankful for the large grant that allowed us to purchase so many AEDs.”
Mohr and Mason were able to purchase 16 AEDs, cases and wall mount units after being awarded the Timmerman grant in late July. AEDs are now installed at Frohlich's SuperValu, Aquatic Center, First Christian Church, Ascension Lutheran Church, Kimmes Country Store, CR-B softball concession stand, outside the Coon Rapids Enterprise, T&D Standard, little league concession stand and in the street department and CRMU vehicles.
In addition, there were already AEDs available in the Legion building, CRMU building, Annunciation Catholic Church, United Methodist Church, CR-B school building, CR-B football/baseball concession stand and in the police department vehicles.
Portable defibrillators, also known as AEDs, are devices meant for quick and simple treatment of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Portable defibrillators can shock an erratic heart back to a regular rhythm. AEDs can be used by bystanders before medical professionals arrive and have been conclusively shown to save lives. SCA kills more people than traffic accidents, handguns, house fires, prostate cancer, breast cancer, and AIDS combined, about 350,000 per year. It can happen to seemingly healthy people, but those with coronary heart disease and the elderly are at high risk. SCAs can happen anytime, anywhere, to anyone.