Thanks to the generosity of the Energy Cooperative Operation RoundUp Foundation, the Licking County Library has acquired three Automated External Defibrillator (AED) units for use in a health crises at Main and Emerson R. Miller libraries. The location of the third AED is still to be determined. An AED is a lightweight, portable device that delivers an electric shock through the chest to the heart. The shock can stop an irregular heart rhythm and allow a normal rhythm to resume following sudden cardiac arrest.
Staff members are currently undergoing CPR and AED certification for more effective, confident use of these devices. The AED units are now mounted on the wall behind the circulation desk at these three locations for easy access in an emergency. Plans are in place to add AEDs to our remaining locations.
The staff and board of the Licking County Library are grateful to the Energy Cooperative Operation RoundUp Foundation for their concern for Licking County citizens. Acquisition of these AEDs would not have been possible without the assistance of Kate Earley, a West Licking Fire Prevention Officer who passed away in early March 2016.