Southwest Arkansas Radio
NASHVILLE – The Howard County Ambulance Service has donated an automated external defibrillator to the Nashville School District to be used at the high school Scrapper Arena.
“Co-owner Laura Garner and I want to ensure that the staff of NHS have the ability to take care of someone, should they suffer a sudden cardiac arrest…until the ambulance can arrive. We are very supportive of the Nashville School District. Laura and I had discussed this and it’s something good for the school, attendees, and the players,” HCAS co-owner John Gray explained.
School Athletic Director Bunch Nichols is very grateful for the donation of the AED.
“We appreciate everything the ambulance staff has done and for making this donation. We have always had a portable one, however now we will have one on site with a sign…it will be very visible. It’s certainly a great thing to have at Scrapper Arena and we appreciate the Howard County Ambulance Service for providing this for the Nashville School System.”
Nichols said there have been a few incidents at the Arena, where school staff have had to deal with medical situations before ambulance staff could arrive.
A 17-year-old volleyball player at an Atlanta school recently collapsed and went into cardiac arrest during a game. The school staff called 911 and grabbed the AED, which immediately revived her. Children’s Health of Atlanta has released a video of that incident and is working to promote the importance of AED’s in high schools.