A life saver
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Richard Bloom, center, vice president of Lehigh Fire Company No. 1, Lehighton, presents an external defibrillator to Patrick Mriss, captain of the Lehighton Fire Department. Lehigh Fire Company also gave defibrillators to police departments in Lehighton, Franklin Township and Mahoning Township. From left are Scott Rehrig of Lehighton Borough Council, Lonnie Armbruster of the house committee of Lehigh Fire Company No. 1; Gene Sillers, house committee chairman; Scott Prebosnyak of the Lehighton Police Department; and Chief Kenneth Barnes of the Mahoning Township Police Department.
An AED (Automated External Defibrillator) was donated to the Lehighton Police Department and utilized to save a man's life in less than a week after the donation occurred.
The donation was made by Lehigh Fire Company No. 1's social club.
AEDs were also donated by the fire company to the Lehighton Fire Department, Mahoning Township Police Department and Franklin Township Police Department.
Matt Arner, a member of the Lehighton Police Department, said the donation occurred in the nick of time for a call the police responded to on the outskirts of the borough last week. There was cardiac arrest and the ambulance was on its way, but the AED allowed medical treatment to begin immediately.
Accepting the AEDs for the various police departments were Chief Kenneth Barnes of Mahoning Township and Officer Scott Prebosnyak of Lehighton.
Patrick Mriss, captain of Lehighton Fire Department, accepted the defibrillator for his organization.
"We're happy to be able to make these donations," said Lonnie Armbruster of the Lehigh Fire Company No. 1's house committee. "We're glad that the Lehighton police had such a device in time to make a difference in someone's life."
Barnes and Prebosnyak said the defibrillators will be placed in police cruisers.
Mriss said the fire department's will be placed on the piece of apparatus which is usually the first to respond to emergency calls.
"Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the fire service, so we are very happy to have this," he stated.