(WBNG Binghamton) The Hillcrest Fire Company is adding another AED (automated external defibrillator) to its equipment stock thanks to a recent donation from the John Mack Fund.
According to a news release:
The company, with 24 active volunteer members, annually responds to about 200 fire and medical calls, and the new AED fills a need, according to the company’s board president, Connie Corey.
The fire company already has two AEDs, and this new one will replace one of them on an engine, freeing up an AED to remain in the community room at the Hillcrest Fire Station.
“The Community Room is used frequently by the public for events as well as by the Hillcrest Community Association,” said Corey. “This gift will enable us to provide better emergency services coverage to our entire community.”
The John Mack Fund, established in memory of Binghamton lacrosse player John Mack, who died in
2006, at the age of 17, after his heart stopped during a lacrosse scrimmage, raises money from its Winter Lacrosse Tournament each February at the Greater Binghamton Sports Dome to purchase AEDs for the community.