The Peru Fire department will donate a defibrillator to the town in memory of the former fire department chief’s brother.
Chief Brian Westover of the Peru Fire Department, on behalf of the Peru Fire Department, will donate an automated external defibrillator (AED), in memory of Craig Tetrault. Craig was the brother of Courtney Tetrault, Fire Department Commissioner and former fire chief.
After Craig’s death in August due to heart failure, donations were made in his memory for the fire department to purchase a AED. In the event of a heart attack or abnormal arythmia, an AED can be used to help someone by delivering a therapeutic dose of electrical energy to the affected heart.
Family and friends of Tetrault’s donated about $1,400 to the fire department for the purchase of the AED through memorial donations made to the fire department from friends and family of Craig Tetrault. Westover said Courtney Tetrault wanted his brother’s memory to be honored by bringing heart health equipment to the community.
“Courtney wanted to see something done to promote or save cardiac health in the community,” Westover said.
The AED will be kept at the athletic fields during spring sport season and during the winter months it will be kept at the Peru Town Hall. In the event the AED must be used, responders are able to use them successfully with little, or in some cases, no training at all to help someone having a heart arythmia. Westover said the instructions on the equipment allows the device to be used by any one in the case of an emergency.
“We’ve been lucky that we havent had to use one down on the field but as the athletic programs grow and more parents are coming out on the field it’s better to be prepared,” Peru Supervisor Peter Glushko said.
Currently the town of Peru has one AED at the highway department Glushko said and the new AED should be on the field as the spring athletics begin.
“As soon as we get all our training requirements out of the way we will take possession of the defibrillator,” Glushko said. “We want to make sure everything is properly documented and we have to have a doctor who sponsors our program.”
The town must have a doctor who documents any use of the defibrillator and monitors its maintenance before the town can accept the AED, Glushko said.
Glushko said he was grateful for the fire department’s donation to the town, but noted he hopes that it doesn’t have to be used.
“It’s a piece of equipment you hopefully never have to use, but if you do need to use it you want it to be there,” Glushko said.