Lunenburg Hits Defibrillator Goal: 1 for Every Cruiser

August 1, 2018

Sentinel & Enterprise

LUNENBURG -- Two months after starting a fundraising effort to outfit all of the town’s police cruisers with defibrillators, organizer Hannah Anderson has met her goal.

“It was beautiful to see how fast people were willing to give for such a great cause,” said Anderson, who serves on the town’s Finance Committee.

She helped raise about $2,500 for six automated external defibrillators from a GoFund Me account and a benefit basketball game on June 14. Anderson dropped off the last check to the department on Friday.

Through the fundraising, money left over from the previous fiscal year, and a grant, the department will have seven defibrillators, she said.

Anderson wanted to help after a Finance Committee meeting in which Conservation Commissioner Carl Luck advocated for more emergency medical technicians for the Fire Department. Someone mentioned that police have AEDs that are used during the wait for an EMT.

Police Chief James Marino said the department only had two devices for its eight cruisers.

Because the Fire Department doesn’t have 24-hour coverage, Anderson said police were more likely to get to someone experiencing cardiac arrest first.

“When I heard this I just felt the need to help and believed that if enough people understood it the way I did, then it would be a quick fix to get enough AEDs for all the cars that needed them,” she said.

Anderson created the GoFund Me account and reached out to people on Facebook.

The fund was set up to empty once a month, Anderson said. She brought checks to Marino and kept him updated about the fundraising.

The fundraising was a learning experience and an “emotional roller coaster,” Anderson said. She is thankful for the people donated and came to the game.

“Organizing is the easiest part, it’s the follow through that is the toughest,” she said. “In all it’s stressful and full of ‘what if’s,’ but once an event happens it’s amazing.”

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