AVALON PUBLIC SAFETY TEAM PROVIDES TRAINING TO SEVEN MILE ISLAND LEGIONNAIRES
On September 19, 2012, five members of the Stephen C. Ludlam Post 331 of the American Legion received CPR – AED (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation – Automatic External Defibrillator) training in Avalon. This was an excellent and valuable three hour course in adult, child, and infant CPR and choking responses and the use of the AED. This instruction was especially beneficial for the legionnaires, who have a concentration of older veteran members. They also recently had received a donation of an AED from Mr. Chuck Pescatore, President of DBA – BVI, LTD and needed instruction on its use. The need for this training is further underscored by Post 331’s being open to the public during the summer for tours of their 1895 US Life Saving Station and hosting weekly meetings of the Stone Harbor Seniors Club. Two of the club members also attended the training. A total of ten people participated in the three-hour, American Heart Association Certified CPR – AED course taught by four members of the Avalon Public Safety department. The lead instructor was Sergeant Frank Hood of the Avalon Police Department. The supporting instructors were: Kevin Scarpa (Chief of the Avalon Rescue Squad) and Avalon Emergency Medical Technicians Bill Martin and Elizabeth McClintock. The participating legion members were Harry Clayton, Bill Dotter, and Vicki Lachman of Avalon and Ben Eastwood and Art Faint of Stone Harbor.