ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Phoebe Putney is working to keep the pulse of Southwest Georgians beating strong, donating 28 Automated External Defibrillators, better known as AED's to several organizations in Albany and Lee County.
They'll go to fire stations, government buildings and schools.
Karen Hills is a nurse at Monroe High School. She says while an AED may never be needed, it's nice to know it will be there for staff or students who have an emergency.
"We never know when we will need them, but whenever we need them we want to have them on hand. Sudden death is something that is common, more common than people think, sudden cardiac death and so we want to have these there so we'll be better prepared to take care of our staff, children, as well as adults in the school system," Hills said.
"This is like Manna from Heaven, this is a gift that we can really use, simply because our AED's are just about to go out of date. It couldn't have come at a more opportune time," said Lee Duffy, Lee County Chairman.
Eleven of the AED's will go to middle and high schools in Dougherty County, six will be placed at Lee County fire stations, the City of Albany will receive six, Turner Job Corps, Sowega Council on Aging and the RSVP Ramp Builders will all receive one each.