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Louisville to purchase defribillators

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LOUSIVILLE - Anyone who has ever watched a medical drama on television has likely seen defibrillators in action.

Now, although they hope to never have to use them, the Louisville Town Council has agreed to purchase two of the life-saving devices.

The $3,260 cost will be taken from the town’s capital reserve fund.

“If they save one life, they’re worth having,” said Town Supervisor Larry R. Legault, who noted one would be installed at the municipal building and the other would be installed at Louisville Arena.

Town Councilman Roy A. “Slim” Beshaw looked into the purchase, compared several companies and found CardiacLife in Rochester to be the cheapest. That company also has digital software that allows them to monitor the devices from afar, eliminating the more costly service plans offered by other AED (Automated External Defibrillator) retailers.

Mr. Beshaw said the company suggested placing the machines “out of a public area.”

You want easy access to it, but you want to keep it out of the public area,” he said. “You don’t want it somewhere where people could take it down and start playing with it.”

He said in Massena the arena staff keeps its defribillator inside a cabinet in the Zamboni room.

Mr. Beshaw said the company also suggested building cabinets for the devices, which would be installed on the walls.

Prior to voting 4-0 to make the purchase, Mr. Legault mentioned this purchase is something the town board has talked about in the past.

“Is this something we want to do?” he asked.

Councilwoman M. Gail Schneider noted that one point the town actually had money set aside to purchase at least one of the devices.

“At one point we had money set aside for this and we never spent that money on anything else,” she said.

Mr. Beshaw agreed.

“It’s probably something that’s good to have,” he said, noting that although hockey season is winding down at the arena it doesn’t mean the arena will no longer be in use.

“Winter is coming to a close, but there is still a lot of activity up there,” he said, noting the arena hosts the town’s summer recreation program each year and with soon to be completed renovations to the community room the hope is the arena will be used even more than it has been in the past.

“I feel if we have the money we should do it,” he said.

Councilman Patrick D. Carroll was not present at the meeting.

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