IMLAY CITY — Someone is in the giving spirit this holiday season, and the city is the recipient of that someone's generous nature.
Newly installed city commissioner Greg Dennis informed fellow commissioners last Tuesday that an anonymous donor dropped off a new automated external defibrillator (AED) at his home on Thanksgiving Eve.
Dennis said the life-saving equipment was found beneath a holiday tree his wife had set up on the front porch of their home.
AEDs have been on the city's wish list since resident Gary VanDenBerg brought it to the commission's attention that the police and fire departments were not equipped with them.
Since the revelation, the city agreed to purchase three AEDs, using money from the Lamb-Steele Fund and a $500 donation from the Society of Hope and Charity. Meanwhile, police Chief John Stano is seeking grant money for an AED from the Four County Community Foundation. The average cost of a single unit is $2,500.
"Nobody is taking credit for it," said Dennis. "I thought it might be someone, but no one is owning up to it."
Imlay City Fire Chief Kip Reaves and Police Chief John Stano show off new AED gifted to the city by an anonymous donor. photo by Tom Wearing.
Mayor Rodney Warner acknowledged his appreciation for the donation on behalf of the city.
"We want to express how grateful we are for this gift," said Warner, "and to Mr. Dennis for bringing it in.
"This is very nice," he continued. "On behalf of the commission and the city, we want to thank that donor."
City Manager Amy Planck said the new AED is a Medtronic, the same brand as those being ordered by the city.
The donated unit will go to the police department and be shared by other departments if and when needed, Planck added.
"This is a very generous gesture, and it is truly appreciated," she said.