In May, Athens firefighters used an automated external defibrillator (AED) to perform life-saving measures on a woman who became unresponsive while at work and had no pulse.
Athens Fire Engine 1 C-Shift shocked her twice with an AED and restored her pulse, and then Athens EMS took over her care and transport. Athens Fire has received reports the patient is recovering.
Unfortunately, the AEDs Athens Fire and Rescue are using are at the end of their warranty dates, which means the company that supplied them cannot guarantee their effectiveness.
Members of the Limestone County legislative delegation presented a $15,131.67 community grant to Athens Fire on Tuesday to purchase new AED equipment.