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Defibrillators now on hand at R-3

by Shana Haines
Landmark reporter

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 defibrillator.

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 $2,395.

The machines will be placed in the school buildings in the next few days, following training of personnel.

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.