The Lake View Rescue Squad presented a new ZOLL AED (automatic external defibrillator) to Lake View High School recently.
Russell Elliott of the Lake View Rescue Squad presented the unit to Principal Edison Arnette. In addition, Mr. Arnette got another surprise. The unit was dedicated in honor.
Elliott said it is the rescue squad’s hope that this gesture will encourage other community groups to raise funds to place AEDs in other places within the community. Anyone who is interested in doing this or who needs information, should contact the Lake View Rescue Squad.
Mr. Arnette was humbled by the gift and dedication and said he appreciated the donation of the AED. He said he hoped they never have to use it, but he is glad to have it available if needed. There is another AED at the school that is used by the athletic department and is not always available due to athletic events. Mr. Arnette said they stress safety and security for students, faculty, and staff.
Heart Disease and Sudden Cardiac Arrest are two leading killers in South Carolina with the most definitive treatment for SCA being the use of a defibrillator to attempt to reset the heart so that a pulse can be produced. Successful PAD (Public Access Defibrillation) programs have been coming up all over the country with anyone who is trained in CPR and the use of an AED having full access to these machines.
The Lake View Rescue Squad felt, that in interest of the school being the largest employer in the town of Lake View with both young and older adults being there on a regular basis, that the high school would be one of the best places to place this machine to enhance public awareness through our students and have it for school functions, employees, and students, etc.
This follows the recent enhancement of the “Ronald Rouse’s Law” by the state of South Carolina and the SC Dept. of Education mandating that all high school students beginning the previous school year take a CPR and AED Awareness Class at least once during the year.