First Church of Christ, Suffield has recently received a grant from the Amiel P. Zak Service Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. The $7000 award will allow First Church to purchase three new Automated External Defibrillators (AED) and will be able to provide the training that is needed in order to operate the AEDs.
An AED is a portable device that automatically delivers an electronic shock to the heart to re-establish the rhythm during a cardiac arrest. Having an AED readily available gives first responders a 60 percent greater chance than CPR in saving a victim. The devices will be placed on each of the three floors of the church so that in case of an emergency anywhere in the building, an AED will be nearby. Currently the church only has one AED, and this will be donated to another church that may need one.
First Church is truly grateful to the Amiel P. Zak Service Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving for the much needed donation.