June 7, 2012

Pool, Theatre to Benefit From Joint Effort to Provide AED

It is commendable to see the results of a community working hard to improve itself. Such is the case in Scotland County and Memphis, Missouri. Recently, the City of Memphis was made aware that an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) at the swimming pool would improve safety for the patrons of the pool and park.

An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a lightweight, portable device that delivers an electric shock through the chest to the heart. The shock can stop an irregular rhythm and allow a normal rhythm to resume in a heart in sudden cardiac arrest. With simple audio and visual commands, AEDs are designed to be easy to use for the layman.

When a local sorority was approached to help with the funding for the AED for the pool, they were quite eager to donate and suggested that the AED be a shared community asset and be used seasonally at the pool and the theater. The Memphis Theater officials agreed and an AED was purchased through Scotland County Hospital. A wall cabinet was installed at the pool and a bracket installed at the Memphis Theater to house the devise.

This particular devise has both pediatric and adult capabilities, therefore making its use more universal for both the young and old patrons of these facilities.

There are a surprising number of organizations within this county who have only one goal, and that is to enrich the lives of our very own citizens. Doing so not only requires working together, but also creativity, which does take time & effort. This project, clearly, came together due to the creativity of the local Epsilon Iota Chapter of the Beta Sigma Phi. Other contributors include Dr. & Mrs. Shane Wilson and Scotland County Hospital.

Whether it's a new city lake, a new swimming pool, a reinstated courthouse clock, the local Scotland County Cancer Fund or bringing the Pheasant home, it is very wise in these economic times that a community works together with dedication and creativity to share resources and grow our community's assets.

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