Defibrillator donated to Palisade High

Palisade High School will be the first school in School District 51 to have an Automated External Defibrillator.

The device shocks a person’s heart if they experience sudden cardiac arrest, which can affect children as well as adults.

Grand Junction resident Sue Edson partnered with Home Loan to donate the $1,500 defibrillator to the school district at Tuesday’s District 51 School Board meeting. Edson started ARVD Heart for Hope, an organization that donates defibrillators and supports heart-disease research, after her daughter had an internal defibrillator installed in her chest.

“These (devices) extremely enhance a victim’s chance of survival” during sudden cardiac arrest, which is when a heart stops beating due to reasons other than a blockage, Edson said.

District 51 Nursing Coordinator Tanya Marvin selected Palisade to have the district’s first defibrillator because Principal Matt Diers requested a defibrillator for his school five years ago. Marvin said she knew Diers would be willing to deal with the long checklist of requirements for having a defibrillator in a school.

State statute requires schools with an AED device to train staff to use it, maintain a list of people trained to use it, coordinate with emergency medical services in the area, tell the state where the device is located and if it gets used, and have a physician sign a document saying the school is qualified to have a defibrillator. Marvin is working on finding a doctor to fulfill the last requirement. In other news from Tuesday’s board meeting:

Palisade High was recognized for placing eighth among 62 schools nationwide in the ENERGY STAR National Building Competition in May. The Environmental Protection Agency launched the competition among 245 schools and other buildings to see who could save the most energy. Palisade became one of 36 District 51 schools to earn an ENERGY STAR label.

Newly elected School Board members Ann Tisue and Jeff Leany will be sworn into office Monday. Tisue approached the board during an audience comment section at Tuesday’s meeting to share her goals for the board’s future. She said Leany and she “have a trust to fulfill” and will “champion reforms.”


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