This just in from Mark and MaryGrace Gudis:
Please do not worry; the “missing” AED has not been used or stolen. It has yet to be installed, as we are awaiting activation of the security features.
This particular AED is one of the 100 that the Gudis Family and Norwalk Hospital donated to the towns of Westport, Weston, Wilton, New Canaan and Norwalk as part of their recent AED and CPR awareness initiative implemented after the incident last October. Iff you look closely, the picture has the Norwalk Hospital-WCHN logo on the case and a number to call if there is an issue. A vast majority of the others around Westport have been installed, including 3 at Compo Beach. So do not fear: The AED will be installed within the next few days, and will be available to save lives. (It is also bilingual.)
The AEDs purchased from the fundraising efforts of the Greenlee Foundation are in the schools and on the Board of Education fields.
The others donated by our 5-Town initiative are in locations around town, where the selectman’s office, Westport EMS and Parks and Recreation felt would provide excellent benefits.
We are looking to expand this initiative around the state, given the response we have had by all of the towns and our local politicians. In addition, we continue to work with the Board of Ed in each of the 5 towns to implement mandatory CPR certification and training to high school students as part of the PE and health curriculum, at no charge to the school budget.
All of this is very exciting for us. We appreciate being able to give back, and hopefully save lives.
When a Staples High School senior suffered cardiac arrest on the soccer field last fall — and was saved by the quick use of a portable defibrillator — alarms were raised.
And they were not just the beeping of the device — also known as an AED.
The Adam Greenlee Foundation — named for a Bedford Middle School student who was also saved by an AED — swung into action. They raised over $85,000, purchased 75 AEDs, and gave them to schools and organizations around town.
You now see them nearly everywhere, from Wakeman Field to Compo Beach.
Many others — donated by the Gudis Family Foundation and Norwalk Hospital (see above in red) — are placed around town, from Wakeman Field to Compo Beach.
was is Winslow Park.
Earlier today, alert “06880” reader/Staples soccer player/dog walker Daniel Brill noticed that the dog park AED is missing from its case.
One of 2 things happened.
The AED might have had to be used. While unfortunate, that’s what it’s there for. However, we probably would have heard about it.
Or someone stole it.
If that’s the case, just put it back — no questions asked.
And if you really want one of your own, just ask. I’m sure the Greenlee Foundation — and many others in town — would be happy to help.