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Homer Fire Department Trains Elk Lodge Members of AED Machine After Donation


The Homer Fire Department has donated an AED device to the Homer Elks Lodge in the Village of Homer. Homer Fire Department Chief Jay Riley recommended to the Village of Homer Board of Trustees that a donation to the Elks Lodge would be a major benefit for the organization.

Shane Lillie, Exalted Ruler of the Homer Elks Lodge #2506 said to X101 News there have been instances at the Lodge where an AED would’ve been beneficial. He also noted that the average age of the Lodge is 60 years of age and when it is Bingo, the average age increases to around 70 years old.

The Homer Fire Department will provide proper training for the device, but will also provide a CPR class at the Lodge in the near future. The class will come with a certification card from the American Heart Association as well.

The Homer Elks Lodge is considered a strong partner in the Homer Community hosting fundraisers, events, comradery, and also hosting the Homer Fire Department’s Annual Installation Dinner. Chief Riley noted making a donation to the organization was an easy choice.

A AED or Automated External Defibrillator is a medical device that is used to analyze the heart rhythm of the patient and then deliver an electric shock to a patient with ventricular fibrillation in order to restore the heart rhythm to normal.

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