Benjamin Russell High School received its fourth automated external defibrillator Friday. | Robert Hudson
Benjamin Russell High School received its fourth automated external defibrillator Friday. | Robert Hudson

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BRHS receives new defibrillator

Published 8:25pm Friday, November 22, 2013

Benjamin Russell High School recently received a device that will add to its curriculum and potentially save a life in the process.

BRHS received a new automated external defibrillator (AED) Friday from Alabama LifeStart executive director Chris Brown.

BRHS principal Jose Reyes said the defibrillator was received as a part of a letter submitted to the Alabama High School Athletic Association.

“Coach Steve Savarese of the Alabama High School Athletic Association sent information out this past summer to all high schools in the state of Alabama,” Reyes said. “In that memo Alabama LifeStart, which is an affiliate of Project Adam, partnered with AHSAA to provide 10 defibrillators to the first 10 high schools that

submitted a letter to the AHSAA saying what they would do if given the defibrillator.”

Reyes said the defibrillator is now the fourth at BRHS.

“Currently, we have three defibrillators located in the school – one in the gymnasium, one in the main office and one down at the alternative school,” Reyes said. “The area near the band room and the ninth grade building did not have a defibrillator. Our health services classes are in the ninth grade building.”

Reyes the school wanted to be able to incorporate the defibrillator into the health services curriculum so that students in health services and the health classes would be able to learn how to use the defibrillator.

“Obviously, if we’re here at school, the adult would use the defibrillator if it needed to be used,” Reyes said. “But there could be a situation where a student is somewhere other than school and may be called upon to use one to save a life.”

Along with the defibrillators, BRHS received a backup battery and storage case that will be mounted on the wall.

Reyes said batteries on each of the school’s four defibrillators are checked yearly, and athletic department and health services staff go through training with CPR and the AEDs.

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