Big Ridge Elementary 5th graders and parents wanted to give their school something to remember them by, and they made a great, potentially life saving choice.

They raised enough money to buy an AED, an automated external defibrillator.  The device can automatically diagnose life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias  and can treat them through defibrillation using electrode pads. This allows the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm.

Big Ridge parents were inspired to make the purchase after the death of Alicyn Wilkey, a Brown Academy teacher who died at school earlier this year.   For more information on getting an AED at your school or workplace, contact the American Red Cross.

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