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Holly Scott letter: Defibrillators are in place; lives saved

How wonderful it was to see that a Fargo man's life was saved by an Automated External Defibrillator on Sunday, Feb. 24. As coordinator for the project that placed AEDs in all Fargo Police squad cars, I feel privileged to work with a program that...

How wonderful it was to see that a Fargo man's life was saved by an Automated External Defibrillator on Sunday, Feb. 24. As coordinator for the project that placed AEDs in all Fargo Police squad cars, I feel privileged to work with a program that literally saves people's lives.

Fargo Cass Public Health received a grant from Dakota Medical Foundation two years ago to place AEDs in Fargo-Moorhead and within a 125-mile radius of these two cities. So far, 139 defibrillators are in place, and five lives have been saved with these amazing machines. We provide defibrillators to law enforcement, rural first responder groups, ambulance services and selected public places. Those public places include the Fargodome, Fargo and Moorhead public libraries, Fargo and Moorhead city halls, the Red River Zoo and three Fargo Parks golf courses.

Non-profit organizations can apply to receive an AED and training for up to 10 people at no cost. Interested groups can call 241-8576 for more information.

Holly Scott

AED coordinator Fargo Cass Public Health

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