An AED for Dorset School

An AED for Dorset School

An AED for Dorset School

From left: Dorset School students Daniel Jackson, Jillian Gripp, Amanda Jackson, Colvin Hathaway, Sam Citron and Stephen Mathyas raised funds.

From left: Dorset School students Daniel Jackson, Jillian Gripp, Amanda Jackson, Colvin Hathaway, Sam Citron and Stephen Mathyas raised funds.

When Patti Campbell heard from Dorset Town Manager, Rob Gaiotti, that the Dorset School was in need of an AED (automated external device, or defibrillator), she brainstormed with Dorset School Nurse Linda Mitchell, about having student volunteers collect donations. Six students volunteered their time on Saturday, September 7, to canvas the area with donation cups and handouts, and explained to people how an AED works; when a person suffers a heart attack and there is no heart beat, the machine is used to shock theheart back into beating, buying time until EMTs arrive. They collected $410 in donations. Along with funds raised by the Dorset Student Council under the guidance of Linda Mitchell, and a very generous donation from David Meiselman and Myra Packman, their goal was achieved.

“Hopefully, the AED will never have to be used,” says Patti, “but thanks to the efforts of many, it will be there just in case.”

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