Tri-Village News

Grandview freshman pushes board for more district AEDs


A Grandview Heights High School freshman is seeking the school board's assistance in his drive to purchase automated external defibrillators for placement at three of the most heavily used facilities in the district.

During the board's March 18 meeting, Jackson Furbee presented his proposal to place AEDs at the high school football and baseball fields and at the municipal swimming pool.

"I asked the board for $300 to help me get started and I would be planning some fundraising activities to help raise more money," Furbee said in an interview.

One fundraising idea he has is to hold a penny drive at Stevenson Elementary School. He's also thinking of fundraising opportunities that could be held at the high school, he said.

Furbee said he also plans to contact local organizations and the city of Grandview Heights to seek their assistance.

"I just think it's important that we have AEDs at places where there's a lot of activity and a lot of people," he said.

An AED is a portable electronic device that can provide immediate treatment to someone in cardiac arrest, allowing the heart to re-establish an effective rhythm.

An AED unit costs at least $1,200, according to the American Heart Association.

"We will need to raise a lot more money," Furbee said.

In exchange for the board's financial donation, Furbee has offered to coordinate a readathon for students in grades 4-6 at Edison Intermediate/Middle School.

The district has AED units in each of its school buildings.

Superintendent Ed O'Reilly told the board the district has a portable unit that is moved from place to place when various activities are being held.