Canton Little League is donating five automated external defibrillator (AED) devices for use on fields around town.
Louis Tarmy, president of Canton Little League, came before selectmen Tuesday to offer $10,000 toward purchasing the five devices. Selectmen accepted the money.
“One of our board members was taking a CPR training course last year and one of the trainers, a local doctor, said a healthy teenage girl had a heart attack in another town and by the time EMTs arrived, she had already passed away,” Tarmy said in an interview Wednesday.
If an AED device had been on hand, that may have saved her life, the trainer said.
That prompted Canton Little League to allocate $10,000 of a recent $30,000 fund-raising campaign for repairs and upgrades to fields, toward the AED devices, according to Tarmy.
The AEDs will be placed in storage facilities at Ponkapoag, Duggan, and Devoll field. There will be two devices on opposite sides of the Kennedy Complex, which has several fields, Tarmy said.
Canton Fire Chief Charles Doody will purchase the devices for $2,000 each and they will be installed over the next two weeks, Tarmy said.
“Hopefully they will not be needed, but in case they are, they will be there,” Tarmy told selectmen Tuesday.