Family of Montana SCA victim donates AED to fire department


Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association’s Big Sky Chapter Leader Daniel Turell with Laurel Volunteer Fire Department Chief Brent Peters and the Powerheart AED donated by the Duran family. (Photo: by Jennifer Ries)

The Laurel, Montana, Volunteer Fire Department has a newautomated external defibrillator(AED), thanks to fundraising events hosted by the family of the late Leo Duran and to participation by Cardiac Science. Leo Duran, active in the local Jaycees, died in May 2011 after he was stricken by sudden cardiac arrest.

Daniel Turrell, leader of the Big Sky chapter of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association (SCAA), and Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Joanne Flynn attended the ceremony at which the AED was presented to the fire department. Turrell, a former New York firefighter and EMT,  demonstrated the unit to a group that included Chief Brent Peters, Training Officer J.W. Hopper, and Ambulance Service Director Jan Faught and EMT Miguel Hernandez.

For more information on Montana AEDs, please contact AED specialist Kelly Lucas.

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