Lawrence County to purchase more CPR machines

November 16, 2018

IRONTON — Lawrence County will spend $30,000 from the office of Clerk of Courts Mike Patterson to buy two more automatic CPR devices to install on county ambulances.

The Lawrence County Emergency Medical Services district received a grant earlier this year to buy two of the machines that can do CPR on patients during the ambulance rides en route local hospitals.

“We have two, and we need six,” said Jeff Gaskin, an administrator at the countywide ambulance district. “Now we’ll be getting two more.”

Patterson asked commissioners on Tuesday to use $30,000 from the title side of the clerk’s office to buy the CPR machines.

The ambulance district received a grant from the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation earlier this year to buy two of the machines.

“We used it the first day we put it in service,” Gaskin said. “We have saved lives with this. I would like to have more.”

In other action, the board named Dean Cooper, a longtime Rome Township trustee and former employee at The Herald-Dispatch, as Lawrence’s County veteran of the year. Cooper earlier this year was named to the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame.

Cooper became the sixth person in the county to receive the state award, according to Commissioner DeAnna Holliday.

Commissioner Bill Pratt said more than 10 percent of county residents, about 6,700 to 6,800 residents, are veterans.

The board also:

n Received a $57,148 state Nature Works grant to buy playground equipment at Paul Porter Park in Coal Grove.

n Agreed to pay $22,500 to the Lawrence County Health Department for TB services.

n Moved Robert Carpenter from full-time to part-time paramedic at the ambulance district.

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