King’s Daughters Awards 30 AEDs to Community Organizations


   Helping people stay healthy and helping ensure they have access to services they need when ill, is an important role of any hospital. So King’s Daughters is very pleased to announce it has been able to donate 30 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to first responders and community organizations in eastern Kentucky and southern Ohio.

   The donations have been made in recognition of national Hospital Week, May 10 through 16, and in thanks for the many community members and organizations that have helped King’s Daughters during the COVID-19 pandemic.

   AEDs are medical devices that can deliver an electrical shock to an individual suffering from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), a condition that affects more than 350,000 Americans each year. Only about 10 percent of people who experience a cardiac arrest outside of a hospital setting survive. The AEDs are being distributed next week.

   This is the second year for the AED donation program, which is funded through the sale of special heart month T-shirts to King’s Daughters team members and the community. Last year, King’s Daughters was able to purchase and donate 25 AEDs with proceeds from the sale.

   This year’s recipients include:

Bellefonte Police Dept

Big Sandy Fire Dept

Coal Grove Fire Dept

Fallsburg Fire Dept, Lawrence County, Ky.

Firebrick Volunteer Fire Dept, Greenup/Lewis County

Inez Volunteer Fire Dept

Ironton Fire Dept

Little Sandy Fire District

Lloyd Volunteer Fire Dept, Greenup County

Maloneton Volunteer Fire Dept, Greenup County

Oldtown Volunteer Fire Dept, Greenup County

Portsmouth Fire Dept

Raceland Fire Dept

Russell Fire Dept

Russell Police Dept

South Shore Police Dept

South Shore Volunteer Fire Dept

Worthington Fire Dept

Boyd County Senior Center

   The kits, which include the defibrillator, two batteries, adult and pediatric pads, miscellaneous supplies, and a hard-shell carrying case, were delivered to the recipient organizations over the past two weeks.

   The AEDs were awarded based on community need, with an emphasis on first-responders and location.

   Last year’s recipients included the Boyd, Carter, Floyd and Greenup county sheriffs’ departments; police departments in Ashland, Ironton and Portsmouth; fire departments serving Westwood and Wurtland; Ashland Independent and Boyd and Greenup County schools; Safe Harbor; and Ashland-Boyd County Emergency Management.