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A new Automated External Defibrillation (AED) device was recently donated to Stow-Munroe Falls High School through the Campailla Memorial Golf Outing. The device will hang on the corner of the Field House in the high school football stadium so that it will be easily accessible to anyone.
The Campailla Memorial Golf Outing was founded four years ago by friends of Bill Campailla, who passed away after suffering a heart attack. Campailla was an avid golfer, and his friends came up with the idea to hold a golf outing to raise money for his daughter's college fund. The group decided to continue to host the golf outing and partnered with Square1 Medical Group in 2016, with a goal of donating one AED and wall mount each year to a local organization.
"A heart attack can happen to anyone, and AED devices can save a life in that scenario," said Rick Hastings, a member of the founding group of the Campailla Memorial Golf Outing. "It's our goal to ensure that local organizations, particularly those where large groups of people gather for events, are able to respond in the event of a heart attack."
The device was donated on June 5 by members of the Campailla Memorial Golf Outing Committee. The Committee includes Jim Cella, Hastings, Mike Adams, Steve Ebersole, Rachel Latin and Bryan Dubravetz.
The AED that was donated to SMFHS is a Zoll brand device, the same brand that is widely used in police cars and in government buildings. Each device costs approximately $2,000 per unit. It comes with a seven-year warranty, and local police and fire organizations have been informed of its location. Additionally, those who are interested in learning to use the device can contact their local fire department to request a training. However, the device gives verbal instruction when in use, so even untrained persons would be able to operate it in an emergency.
"Thank you to everyone in the Campailla group for thinking of us and donating this device," said Cyle Feldman, athletic director at SMFHS. "We truly appreciate it and, while we hope to never use it, are grateful that we are prepared for an emergency situation."