SCHERERVILLE | Players, coaches and spectators at Tri-Town Raider youth football games now have a greater sense of security in knowing that in a health emergency, help will be closer at hand thanks to the donation by Franciscan St. Anthony Health Crown Point of a life-saving Automated External Defibrillator.
The AED is a portable electronic device that diagnoses potentially life-threatening cardiac problems and is able to treat them through defibrillation that stops arrhythmia and allows the heart to re-establish an effective rhythm.
The donation of $1,500 to purchase the device came about when Dave Ozsust, a St. John police officer and Raiders coach, contacted Rob Dowling, Franciscan St. Anthony Health Emergency Medical Services Academy director, seeking advice on how to obtain an AED. Dowling contacted hospital President David Ruskowski, who agreed to fund the purchase.
"You perform a great service to area children through your program and we are proud to help to be able to be to provide a life-saving piece of assistance,” Ruskowski told team representatives., who thanked him for the gesture.
The group, which also includes cheerleaders, has grown to more than 200 participants who range in age from 5 to 14.