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LISBON Thanks to council, Eagles, cops will get defibrillators



Published: Thu, February 13, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



The devices are used in cases of heart attack.

LISBON -- The village police department has had part of its wish list fulfilled by council and a local service club -- the purchase of two automatic external defibrillators.

The defibrillators are used to electronically shock people in cardiac arrest. Police officers are often the first on the scene when someone suffers a heart attack, so the lifesaving equipment will be kept in cruisers to use when needed.

Police Chief John Higgins had outlined plans for buying the equipment and put out a plea for donations in order to make the purchase.

Each of the defibrillators costs about $2,700, and three were desired -- two for the police department and one for the fire department. Some donations have been received, Higgins said.

Council decided Monday to buy one of the units and pay for training. The training will be conducted by the American Heart Association at a cost of $25 per person.

AHA representative Heather Mountz, who attended the council meeting, said the Lisbon Police Department will be the first in Columbiana County to have the devices.

Donation from Eagles

Council had just concluded its regular meeting when members of a local club, Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 2216, arrived to let council know they had just met and agreed to donate funds to buy a defibrillator. The funds will be presented at the Eagles anniversary dinner Feb. 22.

Mayor Jeff Snyder thanked the Eagles members for the donation, and noted that club also was responsible for the purchase of other fire department safety equipment.

In other matters, council agreed to pay $5,500 for the fireworks display July 5 as part of the village's bicentennial celebration. The display will be at 10:30 p.m., and July 6 will be the rain date.




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