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AED advocate credits others for support


Dear Editor,

I'd like to express my sincere appreciation to the groups and individuals who saw the value of equipping Imlay City's emergency services with portable automated external defibrillators (AEDs).

Although the city commission did not at first embrace the idea of buying AEDs for our police and fire departments, I was truly impressed by the number of individuals in our community who saw the merit of such a purchase.

Thanks to the outstanding news coverage by the Tri-City Times, readers were made aware of the urgency and dire need for AEDS in our city. One reader, Dick Jurn, felt so strongly about the issue that he presented it to the Lamb Steele Board, which generously donated $5,000 to purchase two units for our police department.

Another great organization, the Society of Hope and Charity, kindly donated $500, which helped to purchase an additional AED that is designated for the fire department. The City commission voted almost unanimously to fund the remainder of the costs for the third AED with John Lengemann casting the only dissenting vote.

The purchase of three AEDs for our community is a very positive step in furthering our emergency services' ability to save lives, and I thank everyone who made this a reality.

In closing, I'd like to mention that several area individuals, including a former Almont woman who now lives in Tennessee who read about our campaign for AEDs, offered their own personal money to help purchase the units. That just shows what wonderful people we have among us. To those people and everyone else who helped make this purchase possible, I offer a most sincere thank you.

Gary VanDenBerg, Imlay City
November 26, 2008

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