School District 112 gave students a special gift in December of
2002: 14 automated external defibrillators (AEDs).
Following the January 2002 death of a 14 year-old, ninth-grade
wrestler during his match at the Chaska Invitational Meet, District
112 officials understood how precious a few minutes can be in a
life-threatening situation. While it is unclear if an AED could have
saved this young life, the incident motivated District 112 to
contact Michele Sundberg, Heart Safe Communities program
coordinator, to learn more about sudden cardiac arrest in children and how
to make their schools heart safe.
The donation of an AED from the St. Francis Regional Medical
Center Auxiliary in May 2002, launched the district's Heart Safe
Communities program. Community support provided funding for the
additional 13 AEDs needed to
equip all of the schools.
District 112 is among the first school districts in Minnesota to
install AEDs in all of
their schools. It includes the communities of Chaska, Chanhassen,
Victoria and Carver.
Columbia Heights School District 13 purchased five automated
external defibrillators (AEDs) for placement in each of their
elementary, middle and senior high schools. They are working with
the Columbia Heights Fire Department to raise funds to purchase
for all community fire trucks and remaining school buildings in the
District 13's Heart Safe Communities program has raised money
for five AEDs for the
fire department and three more for the schools.