Ishpeming HS Getting First Aid Donation

Ishpeming High School is receiving a donation from a national foundation that may help save lives.

The high school will soon receive an AED machine — an automated external defibrillator — and 5 staff members will get training in CPR and how to use the defibrillator.

It’s coming from the Kimberly Anne Gillary Foundation of downstate Troy.

The defibrillator will help prevent death of a student, teacher, parent or visitor in the event of sudden cardiac arrest.

2 parents started the Kimberly Anne Gillary foundation after their 15-year-old daughter died of cardiac arrest at school in April of 2000.

Her life may have been saved if the school had a defibrillator.

The foundation has raised almost $950,000 and donated more than 400 defibrillators to Michigan high schools.

The state’s Department of Community Health says from 1999 to 2006, 185 Michigan kids 5 to 19 died from sudden cardiac arrest.