Donation helps put more AEDs in schools

CASCADE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Thanks to a large donation, three West Michigan schools will be equipped with automated external defibrillators to help in emergencies.

The West Michigan Officials Association presented a $4,000 donation Monday night to the Wes Leonard Heart Team.

In 2011, 16-year-old Wes Leonard collapsed on the basketball court and died from cardiac arrest, due to an enlarged heart.

His mother receive the donation from the WMOA Monday night.

WMOA's Brad Brunet said cardiac emergencies can happen to anyone at a sporting event, and the AEDs could save lives.

"It could affect a coach, it could affect an official, it could affect a fan, a player, at any of these contests," Brunet said, "so we figure the more these AEDs are in these schools, the better off everybody's going to be."

Including these new AEDs, the Wes Leonard Heart Team has put 140 units into schools over the past three years.


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