When New Bloomfield R-III Schools' nurse approached the Callaway County Ambulance District for suggestions on finding a grant to help fund the purchase of an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED), she got something even better: The ambulance district donated one to the district.
"We actually had about five defibrillators we had purchased from a medical supply company that went out of business with the intent of using them to boost our Public Access to Defibrillators program," said CCAD Director Charles Anderson. "(The school district) wrote a Ietter explaining what they wanted to do, I took it to the board, and the board approved donating the AED to the school."
Tima Goodnight, New Bloomfield's school nurse, said she wanted the district to have one of the portable defibrillators because, "I had thought all public places need them, and if we have one here at the school district it could save time in an emergency."
"We have great first responders here, but when you have a situation ... every minute does count," Goodnight said. "I'm so thankful for the opportunity for this."