Defibrillators now on hand at R-3
Platte County R-3 Schools received equipment
this week that could help in saving lives.
Seven Automatic External Defibrillators
(AEDs) were delivered to R-3 schools this week. The
defibrillators will help individuals who suffer from
sudden cardiac arrest.
Gary Brown, member of the Platte City
Board of Aldermen, spearheaded the idea of placing a
defibrillator machine at Platte County High School.
Platte City Police Chief Joseph McHale was responsible
for getting prices and investigating funding for the
Following an article in the March 6 issue
of The Landmark, several individuals have contributed
to the funding of the defibrillators.
According to Gregg McPherson, R-3 assistant
superintendent, with generous donations from Parent
Teachers Associations, booster clubs, individuals and
district matching, seven machines were purchased.
"This is a neat example of what we
can do when we all work together," McPherson said.
The defibrillator machines were purchased
from SOS Technologies in Shawnee Mission, Kan.
The average cost for the Zoll AEDs is
The machines will be placed in the school
buildings in the next few days, following training of
Defibrillators have already been purchased
and are implemented in several Kansas City area schools.
Park Hill and Leavenworth, Kan., are among
the many schools that have defibrillators.
The push for a defibrillator locally came
following a basketball referee's life being saved following
a heart attack he suffered during a game at Rockhurst.